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Selective Censorship: Twitter Blocked Trump for ‘Inciting Violence’ But Maintains Account of Cuba’s Díaz-Canel

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Twitter — which decided to block former President Donald Trump accusing him of “inciting” violence — keeps unblocked the account of Cuban dictator Miguel Díaz-Canel who admitted on social media that he would repress the opposition and those who protest his communist regime.

“We will avoid revolutionary violence, but we will repress counterrevolutionary violence,” said the tyrant in a tweet on his Twitter account.

In another tweet, the dictator made a call to take to the streets, in a fight against the opposition protesting against the precarious conditions installed by the regime.

“Our action in the streets is against those who promote disorder with an interventionist agenda, manipulating people’s sentiment for the deficiencies and outbreaks of COVID-19,” Diaz-Canel tweeted Monday.

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The tyrant is referring to the massive protests taking place in Havana by thousands of Cubans who are fed up with the economic crisis, food and medicine shortages and the increase in coronavirus cases.

Despite the fact that the dictator has once again been exposed for human rights violations, he maintains his Twitter account. In fact, after the recent protests and the brutal repression, there have been deaths, dozens of wounded and more than a hundred people who are missing or detained.

The actual number of victims is not clearly known due to the fact that the Díaz-Canel regime decided to completely cut off Internet and telephone access, according to reports by the Noticuba newspaper.

This Tuesday, July 12, Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) accused Twitter of being hypocritical for its selective censorship policies.

“I’m not in favor of [Twitter] blocking anyone,” Rubio said. “But if [Twitter.gov] is going to block politicians, activists and even a president of the United States, it should also block Marxist socialist dictators who incite street violence,” the senator noted.

In early January, Twitter announced that it had “permanently suspended” Trump citing the alleged “risk of further incitement to violence.”

Twitter’s selective censorship

It is not the first time that the social network does not know how to disguise its affinity against tyrannical regimes. In November 2020 – at the same time as it censored Trump – it allowed a Chinese official to publish false photographs that could encourage violent actions.

Lijian Zhao, who is deputy director of the Chinese Foreign Ministry’s Information Department, shared on Twitter a photo with false information insulting Australia.

“It’s outrageous that when the U.S. president tweets about sending the National Guard to protect cities from looters, Twitter immediately acts to silence him for ‘violating terms.’ But when a Chinese government official tweets a false image that could result in violence, they just label it as ‘potentially sensitive content,'” Rubio also said at the time.

It should be recalled that in view of the selective censorship of social networks, on July 7 it was announced that former President Donald Trump will sue Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey. The decision comes after both social networks decided to block the Republican permanently.