Twitter blocked on Thursday (12) the accounts of Cuban Communist Party leader Raul Castro and Cuba's main state media, a move that the Cuban Union of Journalists (UPEC) denounced as "great censorship." The UPEC account (@cubaperiodistas) has also been suspended.
Dozens of accounts of Cuban state media journalists were also blocked late on Wednesday.
Twitter did not explain or warn of the measure, they wrote state media on their websites. Asked about account suspensions, a Twitter spokesman told Reuters that anti-platform manipulation policies prohibit users from artificially manipulating conversations across multiple accounts.
Raul Castro's Twitter account suspended on Twitter – Photo: Reproduction
The move came as President Miguel Diaz-Canel was addressing the country on state television, warning of an energy crisis due to US sanctions.
"What's new here is the massive scope of this clearly planned cyber warfare that aims to limit the freedom of expression of Cuban institutions and citizens and silence the leaders of the revolution," it said in a statement.
UPEC said the platform in the past has suspended individual accounts that have been recovered.
"We demand the immediate restoration of blocked accounts that in no case violated Twitter's policies, while the platform flagrantly treads on the rights of communicators, prevents them from performing their work and attempts to gag a first-rate informational fact in our country. "he said in a statement.
However, according to Deutsche Welle, independent Cuban journalists and opposition figures have pointed out that it is ironic that the island government, which for decades has been ironically controlling the country's media, claims to be censored.
"The Cuban official press discovers 'freedom of expression' thanks to Twitter," joked website 14ymedio, founded by dissident Yoani Sánchez.