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U.S. Government Creates Cuban Twitter
By: Jessica Cherok
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Recently news of the U.S. government building a secret Cuban Twitter has come out. The project, called ZunZuneo, lasted for about two years and was designed to stir up unrest in Cuba.

In Cuba, where Internet access is restricted, ZunZuneo gained tens of thousands of subscribers over the project lifetime. According to reports, the U.S. government set up a shell company, based overseas, and created a website and marketing campaign to go along with ZunZuneo.

Now that the project has come to light, many are questioning the legality of it.

Relations between the United States and Cuba have long been strained, but had recently undergone improvement after the death of Fidel Castro in 2008. The secret Cuban Twitter would have occurred from 2010 to 2012, well after Fidel Catro’s brother, Raul Castro, assumed the presidency.

As to why the U.S. government would use such a tactic, no official statement has yet been made, and no one has confirmed the government’s involvement in the project.

Considering how effective social media has been in perpetuating social movements and rallying people around causes, the tactic of using it to incite unrest is a good one, though not one you would necessarily expect to be perpetrated by U.S. government agencies.

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Jessica Cherok is an advocate for online privacy, campaigning for ethical data practices and the protection of personal privacy.
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