State Department Issues Warning For LGBT Americans Living In Tanzania: Review Your Social Media Profiles

The Hill reports:

The State Department is warning U.S. citizens in Tanzania of a crackdown against gay people in the East African country. The State Department said in a notice on its website that citizens should “employ sound security practices” and review their “internet footprint and social media profiles.”

“Remove or protect images and language that may run afoul of Tanzanian laws regarding homosexual practices and explicit sexual activity,” the notice reads. The State Department also advised citizens that while Tanzanian authorities are obligated under law to alert the U.S. Embassy if they arrest U.S. citizens, “this is not consistently done.”

As I’ve previously reported, Dar Es Salaam governor Paul Makonda has urged the public to turn in the names of LGBT locals, so that “my team will get them.” On Friday it was reported that thousands of LGBT Tanzanians have gone into hiding after Makonda received hundreds of names.