Twitter restores Russian parody accounts after outcry

Russian parody accounts were taken down by Twitter for violation of policies and restored following an outcry over censorship.

Twitter had shutdown two Russian parody accounts @DarthPutinKGB and  for violation of parody accounts policies. The particular rule in question was that the bio should clearly communicate that the account is a parody account. Apparently, the cause of the suspension was that the account could be confused with the official account. The Russian Federation is not known for having a sense of humour, and this sent followers of the parody accounts into a frenzy.

The local media started putting farewell notes for the accounts, noting how timely, relevant but not abusive the content was. Owners of a blog related to the account put up a short post, confirming that the accounts were shut by Twitter, and that they would be back. Users rallied under the hashtag #NoGulagforDathPutinKGB, accusing Twitter of arbitrary enforcement of regulations.

The followers quickly managed to make this a big issue, catching the attention of the International media. Twitter stood accused of censorship. The outcry caught Twitter's attention, and the accounts were restored barely a day after being suspended. DarthPutin celebrated the return in a series of tweets. DarthPutin was back, just as promised in the blog post.

The biography for the parody account has a quip and an accusation at the Russian government. DarthPutin blames the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation for taking down the account, and cheekily notes that @mfa_russia appears more like a parody account than his.

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