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Castro regime wants to create its own Twitter for Cuba

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In its never-ending quest to completely stifle freedom of expression, the Castro dictatorship in Cuba is exploring the creation of its own Twitter-style service so it can more effectively control and monitor the flow of information on the island. Contrary to what some people may believe, the Cuban regime is perfectly capable of creating such a platform. Just a couple of years ago, the Castro propagandists created their own version of Wikipedia called Ecured. This "online encyclopedia" managed to achieve what many would deem impossible: It is actually less accurate and less objective than Wikipedia itself.

The report via Café Fuerte (my translation):

Cuba aspires to create its own Twitter

With the goal of increasing government access and control over the use of social media, computer specialists are working to create a microblogging service similar to Twitter for national users of the .cu network.

According to Kirenia Fagundo, described as the director of the CubaVa project, the cyber initiative that will allow internet users to interchange short messages, images, or links to videos will be called "Pitazo."

The information was released by the state-run Cuban News Agency and it joins other efforts undertaken on the island to give the impression of an apparent opening to the internet and social media to the international community.

Continue reading (in Spanish) HERE.

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