OFFICIAL VOICE OF THE COMMUNIST PARTY OF CUBA CENTRAL COMMITTEE

GENEVA.— On May 8, during a International Telecommunications Union (ITU) Council plenary, Cuba warned participants in the UN sponsored body that the undercover ZunZuneo operation, created by the U.S. International Development Agency (USAID) to promote subversion, violates the organization’s constitution. Anayansi Rodríguez, Cuba’s representative to Geneva based UN organizations, denounced the so-called Cuban Twitter, which functioned in Cuba between 2009 and 2012. The fundamental purpose of the network was to recruit a large number of users, and later introduce political contact via massive, unsolicited text messages, promoting internal destabilization and ultimately a crisis, Rodríguez said, according to PL. She emphasized that the operation violated Cuban laws and those of the United States itself, including the CAN-SPAM Act approved by Congress, which prohibits the sending of unsolicited text messages. Rodríguez pointed out that this type of activity violates the ITU constitution, utilizing social networks for purposes other than the promotion of peace and international cooperation. The ITU Council took note of Cuba’s contribution and called on all member nations to contribute to the development of a climate of confidence and security in the use of new technology and telecommunications.