Tanzanian comedian Idris Sultan and a co-accused have been freed on bail after being charged under the Electronic and Postal Communications Act.
He was detained by police after a video of him laughing at an old photo of the president was widely shared.
Sultan is accused of using someone else’s Sim card while his his co-accused has been charged for failing to report the change of the Sim card possession.
Earlier this week, a police spokesperson told the BBC that Sultan would be charged on three counts, including cybercrimes offences and tampering with evidence.
It is unclear why police have abandoned those charges.