16:29 Jun. 1, 2016
Another account mocking Russia's FM Lavrov was also banned and later reinstituted
Twitter has blocked the parody account @DarthPutinKGB which mocks Russian President Vladimir Putin, RFE/RL reports.
When one tries to read @DarthPutinKGB tweets, the pop-up box appears saying 'This account has been suspended. Learn more about why Twitter suspends accounts, or return to your timeline".
According to Politico, Twitter explained that it was their common practice - they block parody accounts. According to the social network policy, Twitter should remove all mocking accounts that do not mention that they contain a "parody", "humour", "comment" and "false information."
Among other things, here are some examples of what @DarthPutinKGB tweeted (referring to Putin): "146 percent of Russians did not elect me," "It is not you who visits Russia, it is me who visits you", "Savchenko sentenced to one presidential term", ""Leonardo DiCaprio isn't good looking enough to play me".
According to RFE/RL, suspicions are rampant that DarthPutinKGB was probably blocked due to a complaints campaign by Russian trolls.