The Presidential Daily Brief


  1. WhatsApp Fee Sparks Widespread Anger in Lebanon

    A proposal by the Lebanese government to charge 20 cents per day for internet calls on apps like FaceTime and WhatsApp has sparked outrage. Along with potential new taxes on gas and tobacco, the measure is aimed at shrinking an overblown budget — but it would also make Lebanon the first to impose a fee for using messaging apps. That's partly why protesters have poured onto the streets, with many burning flags and chanting about revolution.

    Who loses most from the tax? Syrian refugees, who use the apps to keep in touch with their families, would be hit particularly hard.

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