A New Tactic To Suppress Online Speech: Taxing Social Media

Zero Hedge | 7/25/2018 | Staff
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Think things are bad in the US and Europe when it comes to social media speech suppression?

Check out, Africa.

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Aware - Threat - Media - Poses - Power

Aware of the threat that social media poses to their power, repressive regimes in Africa have employed various methods to stifle internet-based mobilization.

These include internet shutdowns, targeted social media applications shutdowns, website takedowns, extensive surveillance of digital communications, online propaganda, and the detention of online critics, writes Babatunde Okunoye for Foreign Affairs.

Okunoye - Governments - Taxes - Media - Usage

According to Okunoye, in 2018, repressive governments adopted yet another tactic: taxes on social media usage.

In countries such as Uganda, Benin, Tanzania and Zambia, there are now laws in place which impose daily taxes on social media and other over-the-top services.

Uganda - Instance - Citizens - Ugandan - Shillings

In Uganda, for instance, citizens have to pay 200 Ugandan Shillings (US $ 0.05) per day to access Facebook, Twitter, or WhatsApp...
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