The Cuban government has been accused of censorship of text communication that oppose the proposed new constitution.
The Cuban government has been accused of censorship of text communication that oppose the country of the proposed new constitution.
The Cuban public will decide in a referendum Feb. 24, or to approve of the proposal, that would be an update of the Cold War-era constitution.
But not everyone is on board with the new version, as it would pave the way for the legalization of gay marriage and it would not be the revision of the country’s socialist economic system, or enjoy the private property.
Some have accused the government, which is supporting the proposed constitution, of rigging the debate and upcoming vote.
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Eduardo Sánchez, 23, told Miami’s WPLG-TV that the alleged suppression of the text messages first spread by word of mouth.
But when he tried to test the allegations by themselves to find out whether the Cuban government was engaging in censorship.
He claims that only positive messages about the constitution, with hashtags such as #YoVotoSi (I Vote Yes) and #SomosContinuidad (it Continuity), were actually delivered to customers.
Meanwhile, negative messages, or texts that say #Abstencion (Abstention) were reportedly blocked.
“It is a completely legal referendum, a completely legal state-organized referendum, and the people may vote for, against or even abstain,” Sanchez told the outlet, saying the state-run telecommunications company should work for the people.
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Social media and text messages are becoming the new challenge of the communist governments in the world to the dissemination of ideas that can lead to unrest against the government.
In China, young adults are faced with harassment and detention for the crime of posting messages on Twitter, with one man more than 15 days in a detention facility for the use of the platform is blocked in the country, the New York Times reported.
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In an apparent suppression of non-approved social media use, Chinese authorities arrest and interrogate an increasing number of Twitter users.
“If we give it on Twitter, we lose one of our last places to speak,” Wang Aizhong, a human rights activist, told the newspaper.
He said that the police asked him to delete the messages that criticized the government. After refusing to follow the order, he claimed, the government-affiliated hacker sent him a back-up code supposedly from Twitter, which are removed 3000 tweets.