A youth uses his smartphone as he and a friend walk along the Malecon seawall in Havana, Cuba, on November 25, 2022. Ever-widening access to the internet is offering a new opportunity for Cubans looking for hard-to-obtain basic goods: online shopping. Photo: AP
A youth uses his smartphone as he and a friend walk along the Malecon seawall in Havana, Cuba, on November 25, 2022. Ever-widening access to the internet is offering a new opportunity for Cubans looking for hard-to-obtain basic goods: online shopping. Photo: AP
E-commerce

Cubans turn to Telegram, WhatsApp and other internet services as illegal online markets flourish

  • Group messaging has become one popular avenue for people to find goods unavailable in stores as internet usage booms on the communist-governed island
  • President Miguel Diaz-Canel has called for a crackdown on revendedores, or resellers, referring to them as ‘criminals’ and ‘swindlers’

A youth uses his smartphone as he and a friend walk along the Malecon seawall in Havana, Cuba, on November 25, 2022. Ever-widening access to the internet is offering a new opportunity for Cubans looking for hard-to-obtain basic goods: online shopping. Photo: AP
A youth uses his smartphone as he and a friend walk along the Malecon seawall in Havana, Cuba, on November 25, 2022. Ever-widening access to the internet is offering a new opportunity for Cubans looking for hard-to-obtain basic goods: online shopping. Photo: AP
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