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Twitter Shuts Down Russian Parody Accounts, and the US Government is Not Happy

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Peter Garvey
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Twitter parody accounts are the second worst thing on Earth.

DarthPutinKGB, a ham-handed parody of Vladimir Putin, was suspended today along with other accounts ridiculing Russian leaders like foreign minister Sergei Lavrov.

What is clear is that America s New Cold Warriors aren t too happy with the move.

The US government is expressing its displeasure through the government-financed media channels like Radio Free Europe.

The radio network is financed by the Broadcasting Board of Governors and has its roots in the first Cold War as a CIA-backed propaganda service.

When Twitter shuts down parody accounts of public figures it doesn t help Twitter s credibility as a space for free speech online — whether it s a parody of President Obama or David Cameron.

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