Venezuelan free software activist Luigino Bracci Roa has claimed that his Twitter account was closed down permanently by the US company without any prior warning, after the International Olympic Committee (IOC) complained about videos he had posted on the micro-blogging service.
The @Lubrio account was popular: Bracci says that he tweeted 133,000 times since he created the account in 2008, and had garnered nearly 43,000 followers in that time.
On his blog, Bracci shared the letters of complaint sent by the IOC to Twitter, which show that the committee did not demand that his account be shut down, but instead asked Twitter to “immediately and permanently remove the material” from its website. That’s hardly surprising given the IOC’s attempts to impose strict controls on all media outlets and how they use material connected with the Olympics.
Ars has sent several requests for clarification from Twitter, asking why the account was permanently shuttered in this way, and without warning, but it was yet to respond at time of publication. We also asked Bracci for an update on his situation, and whether he intends to take any action against being banned from Twitter.
In his blog post, Bracci claims that under Venezuelan law the seven short videos—all …