IN SHORT: An anti-gay rights law passed in Uganda has come under intense scrutiny. But an alleged row between its leader and Joe Biden has been trumped up.
A screenshot of what appears to be a tweet from Uganda's president Yoweri Museveni banning homosexuality in the country, and a response from US president Joe Biden showing his disapproval, has been posted on Facebook.
Museveni’s alleged tweet reads: “I have today signed a bill banning homosexuality in Uganda, I will urge other fellow African countries to take that step as well. We must protect our culture and beliefs let the west do what they want without imposing their disgusting immorality on us.”
The screenshot shows an alleged response from Biden, which reads: “Freedom is coming.” Museveni replies: “Coming where? You idiot.”
LGBTQ stands for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer.
As of 29 March, Museveni hadn't signed the law as the screenshot claims.
But is this Twitter exchange legitimate? We checked.
Ignore fake tweet
According to Twitter, the grey tick shows that an account belongs to a government or multilateral organisation, or to an official.
A Twitter search for the tweets also returned no results. The date on the tweet on the screenshot is 24 March 2023. However, there is no such tweet on Museveni's Twitter timeline. We conclude that this is a fake tweet.
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