ETECSA loses hundreds of followers on Twitter hours after celebrating 100K

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| 18/10/2020 – 7:20am (GMT-4)

Shortly after celebrating its 100,000 followers on Twitter, and becoming the target of a spontaneous campaign by its users calling to stop following it, ETECSA lost more than three hundred subscribers to its account in record time.

The Cuban communications monopoly has come under fire this week for Effects on the Telegram messaging service (already restored) and the veto of virtual private networks (which is still active).

Those same users, angry with the service, ruined the company’s celebration on the social network Twitter on Saturday, when they promoted the hashtagUnfollowETECSA“as a way to show its dissatisfaction with the recent restrictions on service and high prices, which have already motivated previous campaigns.

“They should worry about lowering prices and responding to the concerns of their customers and their interests, or at least raise it with their superiors, complain for all of us, instead of celebrating such a trifle,” wrote one of the users.

The teasing and the memes did not wait.

In just a couple of hours, the followers of the company’s official account dropped to 99,000, as shown by the captures shared by the activists.

Real-time social media monitoring services, such as SocialBlade, also showed the decline.

Since last Wednesday, numerous Cuban tweeters began to voice the alert about the fall of the Telegram messaging service, one of the most popular on the island. Almost immediately, many netizens shared proxy links that made it accessible again.

A day later, reports emerged that several of the VPNs they used to connect to the app had also stopped working.

On Friday, Internet users from the Caribbean nation they demanded on social media that the government unblock the app under the hashtag #queremosTELEGRAMCUBA.

This Saturday morning the protests continued under the hashtag #NiMeCallasNiMeCallo, numerous Cuban users have joined on Twitter against the censorship of the application and VPN networks.

Telegram, considered one of the safest networks in the world, is also one of the applications most used by Cubans, who use it not only to communicate, but also to download audiovisuals and books that in many cases are not available on the Island.

According to recent reports, the app’s service started working again this Saturday.

However, other effects on the so-called virtual private networks, which many Cubans use to evade government censorship, continued this Sunday.

The restrictions have raised the concern of many Cuban self-employed and programmers, which depend on free access to the network of networks to perform work.







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