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US secretly funded Cuban Twitter

April 03, 2014, 13:00 UTC+3

The social network intended for anti-government propaganda

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NEW YORK, April 03./ ITAR-TASS /. The US government secretly funded the establishment of Cuban Twitter in 2009. The social network designed to undermine the government in Cuba. Associated Press conducted its own investigation into the circumstances of the operation and reported about it.

The project ZunZuneo by Agency for International Development ( USAID) was carried out for three years and has attracted tens of thousands of subscribers. The main aim was to create a short message service which could circumvent existing in Cuba restrictions on access to the Internet. The role of the US government carefully concealed. The target audience of Twitter has become mostly young people.

The Project stopped in 2012 because of insufficient funding. USAID officials refused to provide information about who had approved the program or whether the White House was aware of it. USAID spokesman Matt Herrick said only the US Congress was aware of the project and found it consistent with US law.

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