US created ‘Cuban Twitter’ to fuel anti-Castro dissidence: AP

The US government covertly created a Twitter-like text messaging service aimed at fueling political unrest in Cuba and evading the communist nation’s strict internet filters, according to an investigative report published today by the Associated Press. The ZunZuneo program — named after the slang term for the song of a Cuban hummingbird — was financed and operated by the US Agency for International Development (USAID), which is charged with delivering humanitarian aid money to poor nations.

The idea was to build up a large social network through targeted text message blasts, allowing Cubans to communicate with one another free of charge and beyond the reach of the country’s tightly regulated internet, while enabling US officials to…

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