If the Castro dictatorship were not so vile and murderous, their ironic humor would be a unending source of comedic relief. Granma is actually complaing that the U.S. “blockade” is impeding Cubans on the island from using Twitter.
‘Granma’ puts Twitter on the front pageOn the front page of today’s Granma is an article on the difficulty of accessing telecommunications in Cuba, placing the blame for the situation on the “blockade policies of the United States.” The embargo would then be, according to the official paper of the Cuban Communist Party, responsible for the fact that Cubans do not have access to social networks such as Twitter. “In October of last year, Twitter admitted total responsibility for the blocking of messages via cellular phones from Cuba to its service,” said Granma. Today, thousands of Cubans are asking themselves what is Twitter and what is it used for.
At the same time, Yoani Sanchez was denouncing the situation on Twitter, saying that she had been left without the ability to send messages to the network, but that she did not know if it was because of an action taken by the government or the company. The Castro media later accused Yoani of initiating a campaign of falsehoods.
Granma added today that “if that were not enough, last April it was discovered that the social network, which has more than 100-million active users throughout the world, blocks Cubans from using certain tools with the argument that they are being accessed from a prohibited country.”Granma also criticized the finance house Synivere, who in February of 2011 “stopped paying” ETESCA the roaming fees generated by cell phones, “one of the principal forms of revenue depended upon by the company, the same as other similar companies in the industry.” The newspaper affirmed that “after explaining that their bank could not conduct transaction with the West Indian nation, Synivere owes ETESCA some 2.6 million dollars.”
In February of 2011, we found out that the Castro regime fears Twitter, as evidenced by a video leaked to the internet showing an information session by a member of State Security.
Independent bloggers, human rights activists, and independent journalists use Twitter from Cuba to report on the systematic attacks by the government. Opposing these groups there exists a pro-government network that from state institutions, employ an internet connection to distribute favorable government propaganda and refute all the criticisms.
Cuban users of Twitter who reside off the island use the hash tag #Cuba to criticize the government of their country. An analysis of the Tweets posted with this hash tag indicates that there are practically no Cubans outside the country that use their time to defend the regime on Twitter.