Social network takes down homophobic page after petition and campaign by gay rights groups
Facebook has removed an anti-gay page aimed at outing Ugandans who were preceived or rumored to be gay and could be persecuted under the law.
The page, called ‘Kampala Exposed: Facts and Rumors’, was brought to wider attention by a Change.org petition started by the LGBT organization Freedom and Roam Uganda.
In the petition, which garnered over 700 signatures, Freedom and Roam Uganda cited a previous ‘outing’ of Ugandans perceived to be gay in local tabloid Rolling Stone and the anti-gay bias believed to have led to the murder of prominent Ugandan LGBT advocate David Kato.
Members of Freedom and Roam Uganda wrote: ‘This highly trafficked page is attempting to incite mob violence, firing, eviction and annihilation of named people in Uganda who are perceived to be gay – or rumored to be gay, or otherwise have angered the woman behind it in some personal way – by ‘exposing’ them online.’
Uganda’s anti-gay policies received heightened attention in December when the country’s legislative body was expected to consider a bill that would impose extreme penalties upon those who are gay.
If passed, men or women who have gay sex could be imprisoned for life.
Those guilty of ‘aggravated homosexuality’ include HIV positive people who have gay sex or ‘serial offenders’. They will be executed.
However, despite Speaker Rebecca Kadaga promising the law as a ‘Christmas present’ to her homophobic supporters the bill has yet to be debated in parliament.