US government tried to overthrow Castro with Twitter-like social media site
The United States government attempted to overthrow the Cuban government by creating a social media app to cause unrest in the communist country. From CNN:
The AP says U.S. government officials developed an app called ZunZuneo — named after the chirping sound of a hummingbird — to cause social unrest.
U.S. efforts to undermine the Castro regime in Havana are nothing new. There was a poison cigar, an exploding seashell, lethal pills and a fungus-ridden diving suit. But cooking up a tech startup with — literally — revolutionary intentions? That’s something else.
To get around Cuba’s iron grip control on technology and outside influence via the Internet, ZunZuneo was a low-tech version of Twitter fed by cell phone text messages, the AP reported.