Chavez equates Twitter with terrorism: Disturbing parallels with Sri Lankan Government?

Boing Boing reports that after finding himself on the receiving end of widespread criticism and unfriendly hashtags on Twitter, Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez has announced that he now considers Twitter messages and social networking as terrorist threats. Boing Boing points to a Spanish language article that calls for more State control (read censorship) over the internet. A Google machine translated version of the article notes,

Twitter could be declared ‘a tool of terror’ because the deputies, responding to the presidential request, said they will intervene “for the welfare of the people”, eliminating terrorist threats posed by social networks.

Now consider what’s gone on in Sri Lanka in 2010 alone.

Notice any parallels?

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