On Saturday, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro slammed Twitter for blocking 180 accounts linked to Venezuelan governmental institutions and revolutionary social activists. He said that the decision justifies the fact that the Bolivarian Revolution spoke the truth on that social media platform.
Ernesto Villegas, the Venezuelan Minister of Communication and Information, wrote on social media that the @MIRAFLORES_TV account was suspended after re-tweeting replies from Maduro concerning belligerent statements made by U.S. Vice President Mike Pence.
Villegas argued that the arbitrary mass account suspensions, including the accounts of Radio Nacional de Venezuela, Radio Miraflores and others, amounted to an “ethnic cleansing” of former President Hugo Chavez's revolutionary message.
It's estimated that, until now, some 180 accounts of #Venezuelan public entities and revolutionary militants were suspended.
Prensa Latina reported that no notification was given prior to the accounts being deactivated and that Twitter, part of an international social media matrix, attempted to present the Venezuelan government as being the author of violence and repression directed at opposition demonstrators.
Villegas emphasized that the master plan of fomenting disinformation aims to provoke an extreme response from government allies and Bolivarian revolutionaries to justify a coup, similar to what occurred in April 2002.