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US secretly built 'Cuban Twitter' to stir unrest

US secretly built 'Cuban Twitter' to stir unrest

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In this Feb. 28, 2014 photo, Saimi Reyes speaks during an interview with Associated Press in Havana, Cuba. The Obama administration secretly financed a social network in Cuba to stir political unrest and undermine the country’s communist government. An Associated Press investigation found the program, The project, dubbed "ZunZuneo," slang for a Cuban hummingbird’s tweet, evaded Cuba’s Internet restrictions by creating a text-messaging service that could be used to organize political demonstrations. It drew in tens of thousands of subscribers who were unaware it was backed by the U.S. government. Carmona was a journalism student at the University of Havana when she stumbled onto ZunZuneo. She was intrigued by the service’s novelty, and the price. The advertisement said "free messages" so she signed up using her nickname, Saimita. (AP Photo/Franklin Reyes)
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