As the Venezuelan president Hugo Chávez convalesces in Havana, his popular Twitter account @chavezcandanga has been dormant since last November, leaving his nearly 3.9 million followers in the dark.
The latest post to the account is dated November 1, 2012 at 7:42 p.m., nearly two and a half months ago. In the tweet, Chávez congratulates a group graduating in African studies.
According to Diplomatic Sources consulted by Univision Investiga, the apparent suspension of Chávez's Twitter account was a recommendation by the Castro brothers, who see the popular micro-blogging tool as a double-edged sword.
"Twitter use has been crucial to spark popular revolts in the Middle East, and the magnitude and penetration of Twitter users in Venezuela could represent a serious threat to the Chávez regime," said a Venezuelan diplomat who asked to remain anonymous.