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Castro’s answer to social networks? A Cuban Facebook clone
Red Social was allegedly been set up by Cuba’s Ministry of Education. It’s impossible to access from outside the island. (Screenshot by La Chiringa de Cuba)
Launched under the radar a few days ago, “Red Social” (literally, “Social Network”), is the Castro regime’s latest attempt to squeeze the information flow in Cuba.
The site mimics the look and feel of Facebook, replacing the site’s famous depiction of all continents linked by its service with an illustration of the island, with Cubans only connecting with fellow Cubans. “A virtual meeting point for Cuban universities,” the homepage slogan reads.
“It appears to be a Ministry of Education-sponsored idea,” writes Carlos Alberto Pérez Benítez, on the blog La Chiringa de Cuba. Pérez Benítez points out the network is available Intranet-only within the island. In fact, Red Social uses a Facebook-clone address, http://facebook.ismm.edu.cu/, which is impossible to access from the United States.