‘Tear down this firewall’ – US looks to expand Cuba internet

ABC NewsA new U.S. task force ordered by President Donald Trump warned Wednesday that Cuba’s government uses internet restrictions to stifle dissent and vowed to find ways the United States could expand access and freedom for Cubans online.

The Cuba Internet Task Force held its first public meeting over the objections of Cuban President Raul Castro’s government, which has dismissed it as an exercise in attempted subversion by Washington. The task force forms part of Trump’s tougher approach to Cuba and partial rollback of former President Barack Obama’s diplomatic opening with the island. …

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