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.

  • dance…dancetotheradio

    Twitter is a place where investors money goes to die.

    • They just signed an “anti-hatespeech” agreement with the EU as well.

      • Exile1981

        Well that is a sure sign of freedom of speech not being trampled…. sarc

    • DMB

      Facebook even more so with Mark Zuckerberg being so openly political towards left wing causes and trying to silence conservative view points.

  • That tweet in the picture is funny as hell.

  • Raymond Hietapakka

    I wonder how much money Twitter charges to shitcan someone you don’t like…

    • mauser 98

      or promote one

    • Justin St.Denis

      Or FaceBook. How much does FaceBook charge to destroy someone’s life, career and future?

  • mauser 98

    ……….Putin must be in Barry’s favour now
    …….Twitter , Google , FB control the script
    “Google staffers have had at least 427 meetings at
    the White House over course of Obama presidency – averaging more than
    one a week”

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3554953/Google-staffers-meetings-White-House-staggering-427-times-course-Obama-presidency-averaging-week.html#ixzz4AHv2dcl7

  • Darth Putin…I like it.

    • V10_Rob

      ‘Sup Vlad? You seem to be taking all these posers in stride.

  • Justin St.Denis

    As Vlad gets older, he grows increasingly ridiculous. The shirtless photo ops really should be retired, as well as the fixed hockey games and martial arts matches that Vlad always wins. Even Russians don’t buy it anymore. Like so many others in the political arena, Vladimir Putin needs to disappear/evaporate. And there’s probably an app for that.

    • Linda1000

      I disagree very much. I quite like looking at him with his shirt off and his outdoor macho image. He’s better than all the other effete leaders today.

      • V10_Rob

        Still more believable than most propaganda photo ops of other Dear Leaders around the globe.

        • Justin St.Denis

          True of “propaganda photo ops”. Can’t disagree. Read my original comment. Your point? That is NOT the actual issue of debate.

      • Justin St.Denis

        So many women seem to ponder serious issues with their vaginas instead of their brains. So we know you voted for Justin.

        • Linda1000

          Ha, ha, too funny – you seem to be another BillyHW. Nope, I just admire good-looking older men with charisma. I think Donald Trump is very attractive also. You are totally way off on my voting record and you obviously have never read any of my comments of the last few years on this site.

          • Justin St.Denis

            You are shooting all barrels without hitting a target. Perhaps none of your comments have stood out to me in the past. If you think I am another Billy HW, you haven’t read mine, either. BTW, in the context in which your comment was made, you do sound like a voting vagina. Truth hurts sometimes, probably more when it comes from a goodlooking, in-shape, older charismatic man. Tsk-tsk.

  • Why pick sides? One side is Twitter and its army of idiots. The other is Russian autocrats.

    Watch the train wreck.

  • DMB

    Openly mocking and criticizing political figures will now be included as part of their “hate speech” ban.