Cuba has accused Twitter of both starting and helping to spread a rumour that began on Monday that former leader Fidel Castro had died, suggesting that the social network helped spread disinformation about Castro’s passing by allowing the #fidelcastro hashtag to become a trending topic.

The state-run Cubadebate website singled out one user for particularly harsh criticism, before suggesting that “necrophiliac counter-revolutionaries” worsened the situation by jumping on the story, and that Twitter has also previously censored topics that were in favour of the Cuban government.

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