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What the heck? Is Twitter shutting down accounts the Russian government doesn't like?


As Twitchy told you, Twitter is joining forces with Microsoft, Facebook, Google, and the EU to put their jackboots on the throats of “illegal hate speech.” Whatever the hell that means. They haven’t really clarified that part, but it seems that they’re at least willing to give us a little hint:

More from the article linked above:

At least five English-language Twitter accounts needling the Russian government had been suspended as of May 31, including the popular @DarthPutinKGB. The account mocks Russian President Vladimir Putin — and playfully asserts that it is, in fact, the one being parodied by the Kremlin’s official Twitter feed.

Other suspended accounts included @RusEmbassyNot, a parody of Russian diplomacy efforts; @SovietSergey, which tweaks Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov; @AmbYakovenkoNot, which lampoons Aleksandr Yakovenko, Russia’s ambassador to Britain; and @Russia__Not, which spoofs the Russian government.

[T]he man who says he runs two of the frozen accounts in question, aside from @DarthPutinKGB, told RFE/RL in an online chat that he believes the Russian Foreign Ministry may be behind the Twitter suspensions.


Read the whole thing, if only to get a sense of how downright creepy and Big-Brother-y this is.

Knowing what we know about Russia, is it so far-fetched to believe they’d try to shut down accounts that criticize or mock them? And knowing what we know about Twitter, is it so far-fetched to believe they’d make it easier?


Twitter’s certainly not doing much to discount that theory.



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