Maduro blasts Twit­ter cen­sor­ship

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VENEZUE­LAN Pres­i­dent Ni­co­las Maduro slammed Twit­ter for block­ing 180 ac­counts linked to Venezue­lan gov­ern­men­tal in­sti­tu­tions and rev­o­lu­tion­ary ac­tivists. He said on Satur­day the de­ci­sion showed the Bo­li­var­ian Revo­lu­tion had spo­ken the truth on the plat­form.

Ernesto Vil­le­gas, the Venezue­lan min­is­ter of com­mu­ni­ca­tion and in­for­ma­tion, wrote on so­cial me­dia the @MIRAFLORES_TV ac­count was sus­pended af­ter re-tweet­ing replies from Maduro con­cern­ing bel­liger­ent state­ments made by US vice-pres­i­dent Mike Pence.

Vil­le­gas ar­gued the ar­bi­trary mass ac­count sus­pen­sions, in­clud­ing the ac­counts of Ra­dio Na­cional de Venezuela, Ra­dio Mi­raflo­res and oth­ers, amounted to an “eth­nic cleans­ing” of for­mer Pres­i­dent Hugo Chavez’s rev­o­lu­tion­ary mes­sage.

Prensa Latina re­ported no no­ti­fi­ca­tion was given prior to the ac­counts be­ing de­ac­ti­vated and Twit­ter had at­tempted to present the Venezue­lan gov­ern­ment as be­ing the au­thor of vi­o­lence and re­pres­sion di­rected at op­po­si­tion demon­stra­tors.

Vil­le­gas al­leged a mas­ter plan of fo­ment­ing dis­in­for­ma­tion aimed at pro­vok­ing an ex­treme re­sponse from gov­ern­ment al­lies and Bo­li­var­ian rev­o­lu­tion­ar­ies to jus­tify a coup, as had hap­pened in April 2002.

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