Friday, April 04, 2014

CUBA - 'ZunZuneo' Twitter-Style Social Media

Note that ZunZuneo no longer exists.

"Why was USAID involved in creating a Twitter-style platform in Cuba?" PBS NewsHour 4/3/2014


GWEN IFILL:  What would happen if the U.S. government used social media to undermine a hostile foreign government?  That may be exactly what the U.S. Agency for International Development tried to do in Cuba with ZunZuneo, a Twitter-style social media platform secretly controlled by the U.S. government.

An Associated Press investigation reveals that thousands of private Cuban cell phone numbers were used to circumvent tight controls on Internet communication and to gain valuable information about the users themselves.

USAID says that the program existed only to — quote — “create a platform for Cubans to speak freely among themselves, period.”

Joining me now to talk about this operation is Jack Gillum, one of the reporters on the AP story.

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