Outcry as Benin Republic places tax on internet

The youth population in the Benin Republic has reacted angrily to the country’s latest restriction on internet service.

President Patrice Talon adopted a decree on “Taxation of data bundle” in July which took effect on Wednesday.

According to the decree, internet users will begin to pay levies on usage which cuts across all social media platforms.

For every megabyte of data, users will pay 5 per cent extra as a tax.

Benin is not the first African country to adopt such rule, though.

Ugandans and Zambians pay tax for using the internet.

As expected, this wasn’t welcomed by the youth. Here’s what they had to say on Twitter.