Quartz: Benin is the latest African nation taxing the internet

Quartz: Benin is the latest African nation taxing the internet. “Benin has joined a growing list of African states imposing levies for using the internet. The government passed a decree in late August taxing its citizens for accessing the internet and social-media apps. The directive, first proposed in July, institutes a fee (link in French) of 5 CFA francs ($0.008) per megabyte consumed through services like Facebook, WhatsApp, and Twitter. It also introduces a 5% fee, on top of taxes, on texting and calls, according to advocacy group Internet Sans Frontières (ISF).”

A Link Tax Won’t Bring Back Journalists; It Will Do Even More Harm To Them (Techdirt)

Techdirt: A Link Tax Won’t Bring Back Journalists; It Will Do Even More Harm To Them. “While most of the attention on the upcoming votes around the EU Copyright Directive is on the mandatory filters found in Article 13, we should be just as concerned about the link tax in Article 11. European publishers have been flat out lying about the proposal, which is little more than an attempt to just demand cash from Google and Facebook. We’ve already explained why this is a bad idea. And it’s not a theoretical issue either. This very same proposal has been tried in Germany and Spain and it failed miserably in both places, to the point of doing serious damage to traffic to news sites, without increasing revenue.”

Quartz: Uganda’s government is doubling down on its controversial social media tax

Quartz: Uganda’s government is doubling down on its controversial social media tax. “After a brief review period, Ugandan regulators have decided to double down on both the decision to charge citizens a daily levy for access to social media, and the controversial reasoning behind it. Since July 1, Ugandans have been paying 200 Uganda shillings ($0.05) a day to use social media. Whoever didn’t pay was blocked from accessing sites and apps like Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp and 55 others. To get round the blockade, many people have been using virtual private networks rather than pay the social media tax.”

Noted (New Zealand): The Govt is making big moves on foreign speculators and Google’s low tax payment

Noted (New Zealand): The Govt is making big moves on foreign speculators and Google’s low tax payment. “Although unofficial, last week was Let’s Stick it to Johnny Foreigner week. Legislation to curtail foreign investment in property headed towards the finish line, and a new net to catch the elusive big-game trophy known as Google tax was enacted unanimously.”

Channel News Asia: Ugandan groups file court challenge against social media tax

Channel News Asia: Ugandan groups file court challenge against social media tax. “Uganda’s new tax on social media access limits basic rights and harms business, according to a petition filed by activists to the constitutional court against a levy that civic groups and opposition parties say is onerous.”

Reuters: Uganda telecom operators to start charging social media tax

Reuters: Uganda telecom operators to start charging social media tax. “Uganda’s major telecom operators, including the local division of South Africa’s MTN Group, said they will ask customers to pay a new government tax on social media accounts before they can access them. Last month, Uganda’s parliament passed new laws that introduced a new tax on use of so called Over The Top (OTT) services: communications platforms offered over the traditional telecom networks.”

Egypt Independent: Egypt parliament considers draft law to impose taxes on Social Media advertisements

Egypt Independent: Egypt parliament considers draft law to impose taxes on Social Media advertisements. “The Egyptian Parliament is considering a draft law presented that will impose taxes on companies which advertise on social networking including Facebook and Google.”