United States Secretly Built “Cuban Twitter” To Gather Personal Data And Foment Unrest

cubaA Cuban social media platform called ZunZuneo with tens of thousands of users was in fact an espionage project concocted by the U.S. government. Although, what social network isn’t about covert data mining? The Independent reports:

In an apparent throwback to the Cold War, the US government spent $1.6m building a social media network with the aim of undermining the communist government in Cuba, it has emerged.

Documents obtained during an investigation by the Associated Press show that the project, which lasted more than two years and drew thousands of subscribers, was built with secret shell companies and was financed through foreign banks.

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) was reportedly behind the project which saw the creation of a ‘Cuban Twitter’ dubbed “ZunZuneo” – slang for a Cuban hummingbird’s tweet. Users of “ZunZuneo” were entirely unaware of the involvement of the United States government agency and that American contractors were gathering personal data about them.

At its height the service had at least 40,000 subscribers. USAID told the Associated Press that ZunZuneo stopped in September 2012 when a government grant ended. The project has questionable legality under US law and has prompted concerns over clandestine government funded activity.

4 Comments on "United States Secretly Built “Cuban Twitter” To Gather Personal Data And Foment Unrest"

  1. emperorreagan | Apr 4, 2014 at 1:36 pm |

    I’m going to start a business where I just set money on fire in my drivewayfor a 1.5% handling fee. USAID can just give me all of their grants and contracts,

  2. BuzzCoastin | Apr 4, 2014 at 1:58 pm |

    USAID aka: CIA Fronted money distribution machine
    is an interesting organization
    Obummer’s mom worked for USAID
    they do a lot of charity work near the Golden Triangle
    (the herion processing capital between Thailand, Cambodia & Burma)
    they run their Asian Ops out of Hawaii
    their shenanigans in Cuba was mainly about paying spy contractors
    End Transmission

  3. Anarchy Pony | Apr 4, 2014 at 2:03 pm |

    I wonder when they’re gonna shock doctrine Cuba.

  4. Thurlow Weed | Apr 4, 2014 at 2:36 pm |

    By funding this laughable project Obama was throwing some money at the anti-Castro Cubans who can deliver some votes. He’s a lame duck, but Hilary Clinton needs every advantage in Florida and among other right-wing voter blocks that she can get.

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