Twitter has blocked the accounts of Cuban Communist Party leader Raul Castro, his daughter Mariela Castro and the main media run by the Cuban state, which the Cuban Union of Journalists has called “massive censorship”.
The Twitter spokesman said that the company’s platform manipulation policies prohibit users from artificially amplifying or disrupting conversations by using multiple accounts.
Dozens of accounts of journalists for Cuban state-run media as well as the official account for the Communications Ministry were also blocked in the crackdown late on Wednesday.
The Cuban Union of Journalists said Twitter had suspended individual accounts in the past which had been recovered.
The move came as President Miguel Diaz-Canel was addressing the nation on state-run TV, warning of an energy crisis due to U.S. sanctions.
“What is new here is the massive scope of this act of cybernetic warfare, clearly planned, that aims to limit the freedom of expression of Cuban institutions and citizens and to silence the leaders of the revolution” it said in a statement.
Social media companies globally are under pressure to stem illicit online political influence campaigns.
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