‘Another arm of the war machine’: Twitter users angered over blue tick for Guaido account
Twitter users have lashed out at the site over its inconsistencies after it suspended some Venezuelan government and media accounts, but verified a new account for self-declared ‘interim president’ Juan Guaido.
The Ministry of Popular Power for Women, the Ministry of Popular Power for Education, and the Ministry of Popular Power for Petroleum were all suspended between April 30 and May 1, along with several Venezuelan media accounts including El Correo del Orinoco, the Diario Vea, and the television station ViVe Televisión.
Arbitrariamente fue SUSPENDIDA la cuenta twitter del @correorinocoACTIVEMOS LA SOLIDARIDADDesde todas las cuentas posibles denunciar y exigir q sea restituida esta herramienta de la comunicación revolucionaría. #TrabajadoresPorLaPatria@NicolasMaduro#Venezuela#PrimeroDeMayopic.twitter.com/OBpSLvzQAX— Ernesto Villegas P. (@VillegasPoljak) May 1, 2019
Hi @Snowden. I understand it is not your wheelhouse but are u as concerned with Twitter, Facebook and other media suspending and deleting anti-imperialist or VZLA gov accounts re: Venezuela, like @CorreoOrinoco@DiarioVEAVen@ciccmaher etc. re your convo with @_whitneywebb 2day? pic.twitter.com/4upsE7RWR0— Alan MacLeod (@AlanRMacLeod) May 1, 2019
Unconventional coup: Venezuelan institutional accounts are being suspended arbitrarily. Suspended as of now -Ministry of Popular Power for Women @MinMujerMinistry of the Popular Power for Education @MPPEDUCACIONMinistry of Popular Power for Oil @MinPetroleoVE— Camila (@camilateleSUR) May 1, 2019
The ministry accounts have since been reinstated, but the media accounts are still suspended.
Twitter is once again playing its role in helping the US-backed right-wing coup attempt in Venezuela, suspending numerous government accounts.Twitter has done this before, mass-banning the accounts of Venezuelan government officials and institutions.https://t.co/RMA64Mt4ln— Ben Norton (@BenjaminNorton) May 1, 2019
On Monday, the newly-formed National Communication Center for Guaido set up a Presidencia_VE Twitter account claiming to be the “official account of the presidency of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela” which has since been verified by Twitter. Guaido’s account is also verified.
@verified just another arm of the war machine.— Vanna (@vannanancy) May 1, 2019
Twitter announced it was suspending its verification process in 2017, after it came under fire for verifying the organizer of the Charlottesville Unite the Right rally. “Our verified account program is currently on hold. We are not accepting any new requests at this time,” it explains in its FAQ page.
The company recently responded to outrage when it was revealed that it had continued to verify accounts, explaining, “our teams around the world continue to work closely with trusted partners to verify select accounts.”Also on rt.com Twitter quietly gives blue tick to Jack Dorsey’s mom despite account verification ‘pause’
RT.com has contacted Twitter for comment about the latest ‘verified account’ approvals.
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