New social media regulations in Cuba chill dissent


Following the largest protests seen on the island in decades, Cuba’s government introduced new social media regulations that make inciting acts that alter public order a crime, and ordered ISPs to shut off access for those who “spread fake news or hurt the image of the state”. Critics believe the new rules are intended to curb dissent, as the protests spread across the island from a small town, where the first protest was convened in an online forum and spread via a Facebook livestream. Deputy Communications Minister Wilfredo González claims that the new rules are intended to protect Cubans’ personal data and privacy.

Writer: BBC
Publication: BBC
Publication date: 2021-08-18

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