Twitter Suspends Cuban Encyclopedia Ecured's Account

Twitter has suspended the account [en] of the Cuban Collaborative Encyclopedia Cubana EcuRed according to an announcement posted on the official blog of the Ecured website.

“Its only violation (of Twitter rules and regulations) has been registering with an e-mail belonging to the (The Youth Club of Computers and Electronics), a Cuban institution removed from Twitter for having celebrated the achievements of the Revolution through the hashtag #Caravana54.”

Logotipo de Ecured. Reproducido bajo licencia CC

Logotipo de Ecured. Reproducido bajo licencia CC

At least two Cuban bloggers have been also blocked since last week.

In a post on “Desde adentro de Cuba”, (From Inside Cuba), Arian Jesús Pérez recounts:

En la tarde del martes 8 de enero [Twitter] suspendió indefinidamente TODAS las cuentas que salían por las IP pertenecientes a los Joven Club de Computación.

On the evening of Tuesday, January 8, [Twitter] suspended indefinitely ALL the accounts originating from IP belonging to the Joven Club de Computación

For Perez, the suspension is also related with the coverage by the site of the 54th anniversary of the arrival of the caravan carrying Fidel Castro, among other leaders of the Cuban Revolution, into Havana.

Las etiquetas #Caravana54 y #Cuba que utilizaron tuiteros cubanos ocuparon lugares destacados durante varios días. El primero de estos dos hashtag hasta el 7 de enero tenía 30 574 tweets. Desde el día 3 de enero se había posicionado entre los 20 tags más populares del día. En las tendencias de los mensajes en español, el pasado día 5, se posicionó en el segundo lugar, y en las tendencias de los tags populares, en primer lugar.

The Hashtags #Caravana54 and #Cuba used by Cuban Tweeps kept trending for various days. Until  January 7, #Caravan54 had generated 30,574 tweets. Since January 3, it has been among the top 20 most popular tags of the day. It was on second place among the trending messages in Spanish the second day and it was positioned first among the popular tags trends.

The author of El colimador blog says:

Ayer en la tarde descubrí con desagrado que mi cuenta de Twitter había sido bloqueada por los administradores de Twitter. (…) Me abstuve de hacer cualquier comentario al respecto, pues pensé que se podía tratar de algún error. Mas, hoy en la mañana descubro que todas las cuentas que accenden por el IP de Joven Club han sido suspendidas.

Yesterday evening, I found out unhappily that my Twitter account has been blocked by the platform administators. (…). I refrained from any comments on the issue and then I thought I could be some error. But today, I discovered in the morning that all accounts originating from the Joven Club had been suspended.

Numerous Cuban Twitter users asked Twitter to revise its decision and take into account that the owners of these accounts do not consider “having infringed any of the regulations which allegedly have been breached” and thus justify their suspension.

Last December, Eucured announced the launch of its first portable version, which can be installed on mobile phones, during the first quarter of 2013.

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