Cuba denounces Facebook, YouTube for closing its accounts

12:39, January 16, 2011      

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Cuba on Saturday denounced Facebook and Google-owned video network YouTube for closing its accounts at the two world-famous websites and called on YouTube to restore its video channel.

YouTube censored the video channel of the Cuban official site Cubadebate and closed it for "alleged violation of copyright," Cubadebate said.

"Google censors, Facebook, too. Today we woke up under a new attack," said Cubadebate, which reported the closure of its account at YouTube on Friday.

Cubadebate said that YouTube closed its account citing "copyright infringement" in a video on Cuban former CIA agent Luis Posada Carriles, who was on trial this week in the U.S. for immigration fraud.

Cubadebate's account at Facebook was also closed after it demanded YouTube restore the Cubadebate channel.

"How can these two companies appear to be the Apostles of Copyright?" Cubadebate questioned, noting Google had been accused of "monopolistic practices" and Facebook of "theft of ideas."

According to Cubadebate, at the time Google closed its YouTube channel, the channel had more than 400 videos, including interviews and messages from former Cuban leader Fidel Castro. The channel had 1.6 million downloads since its opening nearly three years ago.

Source: Xinhua
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