Report: U.S. created a Cuban Twitter to overthrow government
April 3rd, 2014
02:52 PM ET

Report: U.S. created a Cuban Twitter to overthrow government

By Jose Pagliery

The U.S. government secretly created a Twitter-like social media service to subvert Cuba's communist government, according to an investigative report by the Associated Press.

The AP says U.S. government officials developed an app called ZunZuneo - named after the chirping sound of a hummingbird - to cause social unrest.

U.S. efforts to undermine the Castro regime in Havana are nothing new. There was a poison cigar, an exploding seashell, lethal pills and a fungus-ridden diving suit. But cooking up a tech startup with - literally - revolutionary intentions? That's something else.

To get around Cuba's iron grip control on technology and outside influence via the Internet, ZunZuneo was a low-tech version of Twitter fed by cell phone text messages, the AP reported.

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  3. Kaz

    Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Google....all these are manipulative tools by the empire ...and can be used to subvert and at the end of the day they all serve as political tools when needed by U.S...as they are controlled from the U.S. Countries that use these internet tools also are wise enough to place restrictions......YouTube for example filters videos showing American battle casualties but no problem

    April 9, 2014 at 9:52 pm | Reply
  4. Quest

    Let Cuba evolve by itself. The current leadership is old and they will be gone very soon. Change will come in its own good time.

    April 7, 2014 at 12:58 pm | Reply
  5. Ted Ward

    Almost nobody in Cuba even has access to a Twitter type account, thanks to the pathetic backwardness of this dirt poor dictatorship governed nation. So this was a complete waste.

    April 6, 2014 at 11:50 pm | Reply
    • George patton

      Have you been to Cuba in the last five years, Ted? If not, then kindly quit spewing out your ignorance on this web page. I was there a few months ago and the people there are doing reasonably well.

      April 7, 2014 at 10:22 am | Reply
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    What's with this obsession with Cuba? It's because they're weak thats why. China commits so much more crimes against rights and freedoms and the US would never dare do the things it does to Cuba. Leave them be. It's time to end the embargo on Cuba.

    April 5, 2014 at 2:34 pm | Reply
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      Thank you, Jerome. I fully agree.

      April 5, 2014 at 8:41 pm | Reply
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      April 7, 2014 at 10:52 pm | Reply
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      You nailed it good, Folke. Thank you.

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