Twitter Unblocks Putin Parody Account After Free Speech Outcry
- The Moscow Times
- Jun. 02 2016 11:23
- Last edited 11:23
Twitter has unblocked a popular spoof account of Russian President Vladimir Putin after a storm of condemnation that the company was censoring free speech.
@DarthPutinKGB celebrated his return to Twitter after a two-day suspension with typical wisecracks:
I have noted the names of every single one of you who did not tweet to @Support against this fascist coup!!!— Darth Putin (@DarthPutinKGB) June 1, 2016
The account, which has more than 60,000 followers, was suspended on Tuesday, along with a number of others that spoof Russian officials and institutions. Twitter gave no public explanation for their blocking or unblocking.
During the suspension, the man who has been running the @DarthPutinKGB account told The Moscow Times he thought Russian authorities were behind the move.
"I think that they cannot take being laughed at," he said.