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Cuba's Latest Move Toward an Intranet is a Facebook Clone

[ 0 ] December 6, 2011 |

Governments that are worried about all that pesky information available on the Internet are increasingly keen on creating their own — Intranet — complete with tightly controlled social media destinations…

Even with just a tiny fraction of its population online, Cuba has taken notice of the Social Media Revolution.

With Facebook heading toward a billion users, governments in China, Cuba, and elsewhere would prefer their citizens not be all that connected.

Part of their solution is to create walled gardens that offer the look, feel, and experience of their more open counterparts on the Internet, but can be more easily policed and censored.

Cuba’s just launched Facebook knock-off Red Social is just such an example.

Look familiar? Red Social screenshot courtesy of Cuban blog "La Chiringa de Cuba"

Look familiar? Red Social screenshot courtesy of Cuban blog "La Chiringa de Cuba"

It’s worth noting that ” la red” in Spanish means “network” and “la red social” translates literally to “the social network.”

More in Ray Sanchez’ piece for Huffington Post.

 

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