Twitter Suspends Russian Parody Accounts

Le·gal In·sur·rec·tion | 6/1/2016 | Mary Chastain
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Twitter has lost one of the funniest accounts in a long time due to possible pressure from the thin-skinned officials in Russia.

The social media platform suspended five accounts that parodied Russian officials, including the popular @DarthPutinKGB, who regularly mocked Russian President Vladimir Putin. They have reinstated a few, but the Putin one remains suspended.

Good news: The famous @DarthPutinKGB has returned, but showed much displeasure:

Unfortunately, this is only one of many cases over the past four years that have shown the Kremlin will unleash its power across the world to silence its critics.

Twitter did not release a statement, but told Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) to look at Twitter’s rules for all parody accounts.

The company requires the bios of the parody accounts to say they are fake and not affiliated with the subject. The person running the account cannot make the Twitter handle the same name of the subject.

The suspended accounts all made it clear they were parody accounts, but Twitter would not confirm or deny they received pressure from the Kremlin or if bots kept reporting the accounts for alleged abuse.

Weirdly enough, on the same day, Twitter joined forces with Facebook, Google, and Microsoft to fight “hate speech” in Europe with a new Code of Conduct with the European Commission’s Committee for Justice, Consumers, and Gender Equality. There is no mention of the United States, but Facebook has already received enough criticism for suppressing conservative news.

Twitter has a history with Mother Russia. They recently cut off the CIA from Dataminr, “the only company Twitter allows to have full access to its full stream of hundreds of millions of daily tweets and sell the resulting intelligence to customers.” CEO Jack Dorsey decided to terminate the contract because he did not enjoy helping the agency.

However, Dorsey does not mind if Russia Today...
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