Twitter suspends government-run accounts in Cuba

A person holds a smartphone showing the twitter account of Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel, in Havana, on October 10, 2018

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President Miguel Díaz-Canel is a daily consumer of Twitter


Twitter has suspended a number of accounts run by the Cuban authorities together with these of state-run media and of officers together with the daughter of Communist celebration chief Raul Castro.

The social media big cited violations of its insurance policies.


The transfer got here simply as President Miguel Díaz-Canel made a televised assertion about potential gasoline shortages.

Cuba’s pro-government journalists’ union denounced the suspensions as “huge censorship”.

“What’s new right here is the large scope of this act of cybernetic warfare, clearly deliberate, that goals to restrict the liberty of expression of Cuban establishments and residents and to silence the leaders of the revolution,” the union stated in a press release.

The suspensions started a bit of earlier than the announcement on state TV on Wednesday by President Diaz-Canel and continued the next morning.

They embody the account of the TV programme, Mesa Redonda, on which Mr Díaz-Canel appeared; the state-run newspaper Granma Digital; the state radio station Radio Rebelde, and the account of Raul Castro’s daughter and head of the Cuban homosexual rights fee, Mariela Castro.

Mr Díaz-Canel’s account was not suspended and he used it to share the journalist union’s assertion.

A Twitter spokesman didn’t give particular examples of the place its guidelines had been damaged.

However he stated the corporate’s platform manipulation insurance policies prohibit customers artificially amplifying or disrupting conversations through the use of a number of accounts.

The homeowners of the related accounts had been contacted and informed the explanations for the suspensions, the corporate added.

Twitter CEO and co-founder Jack Dorsey just lately visited Cuba and officers on the overseas ministry have publicly requested a proof from him, the BBC’s Will Grant in Havana says.

In his televised tackle, Mr Díaz-Canel warned of issues with gasoline provides within the coming weeks.

He stated the distribution of gasoline, particularly of diesel, was being badly hit by US sanctions in opposition to Venezuela – Cuba’s foremost oil provider.

He stated it was probably there could be blackouts subsequent week, suggesting that folks ought to work at home.