Social Networks are not always about Democracy

I don’t read Time Magazine much these days. My subscription ran out and they forgot to remind me, so after I shudder to think how many years, I no longer have that venerable weekly delivered to my letterbox. Fortunately, I assume from gratitude for my long years of loyalty, they send me regularly a brief summary of what’s going on in the world (according to them at least). 

That was then – this is now
I had seen this one reported in our local Turkish daily, but you may like to check the English version:

Report: U.S. Officials Created a ‘Cuban Twitter’ to Overthrow Castro

Washington covertly made ZunZuneo, Cuban slang for a hummingbird’s tweet, to woo mobile users with news stories. Once the platform’s audience would balloon, the supposed—and failed—goal was to flood it with “content aimed at inspiring Cubans to organize ‘smart mobs’

Fifty-three years after the C.I.A. failed to overthrow Fidel Castro’s government with a group of armed Cuban exiles at the Bay of Pigs, the U.S. government is still trying to dislodge the Caribbean island’s communist regime, according to a new report.

The Associated Press, citing documents and people involved in the project, reports the U.S. government has been working covert backchannels with aid agencies funneling money through front companies for years to create a social media platform designed to “renegotiate the balance of power between the state and society.” Read more
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