Twitter has blocked the official account of the Venezuelan government’s press team.
The suspension happened on Monday without any explanation given and is the latest in a series of social media strikes against media outlets from Venezuela.
Jorge Rodriguez, the minister for communication condemned the violation of the right of Venezuelans to inform and demanded prompt restitution. In a tweet on Tuesday he said: “They blocked our Twitter account of the Presidential Press, they flagrantly violate our right to inform, we demand immediate reinstatement”
Bloquearon nuestra cuenta Twitter de Prensa Presidencial. Violan flagrantemente nuestro derecho a informar. Exigimos sea restituida de inmediato pic.twitter.com/68wqmNQZi4
— Jorge Rodríguez (@jorgerpsuv) September 25, 2018
RT reports: The Presidential Press profile has more than one million followers. Monday’s suspension is not the first such event: in October 2017, President Maduro denounced an apparent campaign to limit the reach of his posts on platforms such as Twitter and Instagram, TeleSUR reported.
The apparent censorship of TeleSUR came less than a week after the social media giant deleted the page of Venezuelanalysis, an outlet that offered leftist commentary on Latin American affairs. Though Facebook reinstated the page, Venezuelanalysis received no apology or explanation for its removal.
While accusations of bias and censorship by Silicon Valley tech companies have mostly come from conservatives in the US, a growing number of left-wing sites have felt the squeeze too. Journalist Abby Martin, who hosted ‘The Empire Files’ on TeleSUR told RT that big tech’s censorship efforts are “literally curating our reality and trying to paint anything that challenges this establishment narrative as conspiracy theories, as disinformation, as Russian trolls.”