Twitter Targets Parody Accounts Needling The Kremlin

WASHINGTON — Twitter has suspended a string of popular parody accounts lampooning Russian officials, sparking outrage among their followers and accusations that the social-media giant is bending to pressure from the Kremlin and its allies.

At least five English-language Twitter accounts needling the Russian government had been suspended as of May 31, including the popular @DarthPutinKGB. The account mocks Russian President Vladimir Putin — and playfully asserts that it is, in fact, the one being parodied by the Kremlin’s official Twitter feed.

Fans of the feed swiftly launched the hashtag campaign #NoTwitterGulagForDarthPutinKGB in support.