Tech & Science Twitter blocks a slew of Venezuela government accounts

10:40  19 june  2017
10:40  19 june  2017 Source:   Engadget UK

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  Social media 'hacking' 2.0: 'Goood bye CAVS!!' on J.R. Smith's Facebook account J.R. Smith claims he has been hacked again, this time on Facebook.He sent fans into a frenzy Wednesday night after he claimed another one of his accounts had been hacked.

Venezuela has been accused of censoring Twitter as part of its bid to silence dissent, but it's not so happy now that the shoe is on the other foot. It'd certainly be unusual to block a mass of government accounts unless there was a clear, systemic violation of the rules.

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  Twitter blocks a slew of Venezuela government accounts © Provided by Engadget Venezuela has been accused of censoring Twitter as part of its bid to silence dissent, but it's not so happy now that the shoe is on the other foot. The country's leadership says that Twitter has suspended 180 accounts linked to the government, including radio and TV outlets in the presidential palace. While it's not clear what prompted the move, officials are furious -- President Maduro claims that Twitter blocked accounts "simply for being Chavistas," or supporters of his late predecessor Hugo Chavez.

Maduro isn't calling for a boycott of Twitter, though. The "battle on social media" is too important, he says. He insists that Twitter took down "thousands" of accounts (there's no firm evidence of this), and that Venezuela would respond by opening "10,000 or more" accounts in response.

Social media 'hacking' 2.0: 'Goood bye CAVS!!' on J.R. Smith's Facebook account

  Social media 'hacking' 2.0: 'Goood bye CAVS!!' on J.R. Smith's Facebook account J.R. Smith claims he has been hacked again, this time on Facebook.He sent fans into a frenzy Wednesday night after he claimed another one of his accounts had been hacked.

For months now, social and mainstream media in Venezuela have reported a wave of expropriations of Twitter accounts belonging to users who openly criticize President Hugo Chávez. Netizens haven noticed how certain Twitter users, well known for their critiques of the government

Venezuela on Tuesday asked Twitter to block the accounts of users who are posting the unofficial dollar exchange rate—illegal in a country that has had strict currency controls since 2003. The government argues doing so encourages speculation and accelerates inflation.

We reached out to Twitter, but it says it has nothing to share. The social network normally takes down accounts for abuse, spam or security issues, but there aren't any immediate indications as to what prompted the decision or whether it's permanent. It'd certainly be unusual to block a mass of government accounts unless there was a clear, systemic violation of the rules. If there's an explanation, we might not know the full story for a while.

Ernesto Villegas (Twitter, translated)

Circuit of Wales loses government backing, project in serious doubt .
The £425 million Circuit of Wales project has been dealt a potential final blow, as the Welsh Government refused a proposal to guarantee £210 million to backers of the Ebbw Vale development. The Circuit of Wales was first proposed back in 2011, and was awarded a five-year contract by Dorna Sports to host the British Grand Prix from 2015, with an option for a further five years available to them. However, the project – which was due to begin construction in 2013, though ground is yet to be broken – has hit numerous stumbling blocks in its troubled lifespan, with several proposals to have the Welsh Government underwrite the budget for the circuit using taxpayers money rejected. Earlier in the year a funding proposal from the Heads of the Valleys Development Company, the firm behind the project, to have the Government underwrite 50% of the £425 million was put under serious consideration by Economy Secretary Ken Skates. The project was put on hold soon after that proposal was issued to undergo a process of due diligence, while the recent UK general election further delayed the Welsh Government’s verdict. In a cabinet meeting held on Tuesday, Mr Skates told ministers the costs were still too high and would impact on spending elsewhere, and that the estimation of 6000 jobs to be created by the project was ‘overstated’.

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