Russian social media users are up in arms over the removal of an account parodying President Vladimir Putin, as well as many others, such as: @SovietSergey, an account that mocks Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov. The former has more than 50,000 subscribers and it’s honestly rather hilarious.
Arriving at Athens today:
Me: Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin
Me: No, this time i'm just here for 2 days
— Darth Putin (@DarthPutinKGB) May 27, 2016
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Currently, according to the terms of service, parody accounts are acceptable as long as it’s clear that the account is intended to parody a person rather than attempt to trick Twitter users into believing it’s actually them. Russia isn’t exactly known for its sense of humor, so the question is worth asking if Twitter is bending under pressure from the ex-Soviet state.
— Darth Putin (@DarthPutinKGB) May 22, 2016
After their removal, social media users took two Twitter to voice their displeasure with the hashtag #NoGulagForDarthPutinKGB — a reference to the repressive Soviet state — and it’s seemingly worked, as both accounts are back today. Of course, for how long, and why they were removed in the first place are questions that remain unanswered.
— Kathryn Loveless (@KathiLoveless) June 1, 2016
— George Tucker (@TuckerTues) June 1, 2016
— Piotr R. Szmitkowski (@jackalski) June 1, 2016
We’ll update if we hear back from Twitter.