Documents show the U.S. government planned to build a subscriber base through “non-controversial content”: news messages on soccer, music, and hurricane updates. Later when the network reached a critical mass of subscribers, perhaps hundreds of thousands, operators would introduce political content aimed at inspiring Cubans to organize “smart mobs” — mass gatherings called at a moment’s notice that might trigger a Cuban Spring, or, as one USAID document put it, “renegotiate the balance of power between the state and society.”
They’ve been trying to do stuff like this for years and years. It’s absurd that we’re so obsessed with self-defeating efforts to mess with our country’s neighbor.
I have to admit that’s a creative use of social media though.