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Inspector General of Police, John Kudalor said the abuse of social media platforms by both political parties and the Ghanaian public most often created unnecessary tension in the country.

Social media
Social media

The IGP indicated that considering the hectic situation the service has to deal with and the preparations towards the elections, it would be unwise to ignore the potential of social media as an incendiary point for violence.

“At one stage I said that if it becomes critical on the eve and also on the election day, we shall block all social media as other countries have done. We’re thinking about it,” John Kudalor said.

Facebook and Twitter are two of the most popular Social Media platforms in Ghana.

Similar development occurred in Uganda where the government shut down social media in the country in what president Yoweri Museveni called a “security measure to avert lies” as he was re-elected for a fifth term in office.

The situation was again repeated when he was sworn into office in May, with many human rights activists advocates accusing the government of suppressing free speech.

However, the Ghanaian IGP, Jonh Kudalor said that the police were following the example set by other countries and that the police was also mulling over the possibility of setting up social media accounts of their own, so as to enable them to counter the actions of potential troublemakers who might compromise security operations during the elections.

“We are also thinking about the other alternative that the police should be IT compliant and get our own social media [account] to be able to stop these things on time. We are looking at the variables and come D-Day, we’ll come out with a decision.”


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