While the Ugandan communications regulator, the Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) is yet to receive an official response from google, following its request to block certain YouTube channels, in the country, it feels as if the response will not be positive.
Guru8 has seen a comment from Dorothy Ooko, the head of Communication and Public Affairs for Africa at Google stating that it will be very hard for the Uganda government to expect a channel to be removed with compulsion of a court order.
“It is very hard to just have a channel removed due to a government request” her comment reads.
She goes on to write that in as much as Google follows country’s local law, “it would have to be a valid court order” to move the company to act on the request to remove or block a channel.
“The letters just show what the UCC submitted to the Embassy, they are not court orders” she adds.
The letter is addressed to the Chief Executive Officer of Google Inc, in California, USA and from the comment from Ooko, it was only presented at the Embassy. It was also authored last week, on the 9th December, 2020. We are yet to see an official reaction from Google.