After facing much criticism for temporarily suspending the parody accounts of famous politicians, including President Vladimir Putin in Russia, micro-blogging website Twitter has reinstated all the accounts, a media report said. The Russians were dismayed over the fact that they were being denied the satirical delights offered by these accounts, especially President Putin’s. @DarthPutinKGB has 50,000-plus followers and its suspension in particular provoked much indignation from Twitter users and also plenty of humour. Also Read - Twitter Voice Tweets rolling out for iOS: What are they, how to sendAlso Read - World Emoji Day 2021: Twitter reveals 10 most used emojis in 2021 in India
On Tuesday, Twitter suspended other Russian-themed parody accounts, including @SovietSergey — a lampoon of Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and @AmbYakovenkoNot — which mocks the Russian ambassador to Britain, Alexander Yakovenko, BBC reported. Well-wishers tweeted their support for the suspended Darth and criticism of Twitter using the hashtag, #NoGulagforDarthPutinKGB. Also Read - Top Tech News today: Realme Watch 2 Pro launch date, Vivo Y72 launched in India, WhatsApp multi-device feature
While, former world chess champion and Kremlin critic Garry Kasparov accused Twitter of “taking lessons on censorship from the Kremlin”, the editor of the Moscow Times opinionated: “Among Darth’s high-profile supporters were the real Estonian President Toomas Hendrik Ilves.” When contacted by journalists over Darth’s suspension, Twitter refused to comment on the case and referred them to its rules on parody accounts.
These state that accounts should “indicate that the user is not affiliated with the account subject by stating a word such as ‘parody’, ‘fake’, ‘fan’, or ‘commentary’, and be done so in a way that would be understood by the intended audience”, the report said. Meanwhile, Darth’s bio on the restored account remains the same as it was before the suspension: “146 percent of Russians didn’t elect me. You don’t visit Russia, I visit you. I serve tea to those that call this parody. Tweets made topless signed vvp.”