Mr Mark Zuckerberg:
I am a Cuban programmer living in Toronto, Canada. I also am fluent in three languages: my native Spanish (because I am a Cuban born), English and French. Last year in an interview you gave to Wired Magazine you said, about your mission with facebook you said:
“For me and my colleagues, the most important thing is that we create an open information flow for people”
You also listed, in the same interview, your personal interests as "openness, making things that help people connect and share what's important to them, revolutions, information flow, and minimalism".
I guess you defined very well your own interests as well as mine. I’m glad you did in that way. As you see, we share a lot of personal similarities, at least in our personal life. Of course, I hadn’t achieved the huge professional success you had done though.
I am also a Human Rights activist through internet social networks like Twitter and, of course, Facebook. In both I have a similar account (@jmarloren in Twitter and the same nick in your brand Facebook) in which I spread my messages against tyrannies like Iran, North Korea and my own country, Cuba. I am also a furious oppositor to Hugo Chavez and his network of allies, who only are harvesting with opportunism and corruption the possibilities that Democracy had gave them in all those countries.
Last week, in Havana, Cuba, the regime headed by Fidel Castro’s brother, Raul Castro, had created a brand of your own Facebook. I guess even without your knowledge. Castro’s copycat facebook hasn’t been created to bring “an open information flow for people” as you said in the interview I already mentioned above.
Cuban copycat Facebook even had been brought to light in a meeting with Cuban official bloggers, those who only spread Castro’s point of view and usually use your Facebook and Twitter to spread lies, offenses and to persecute all our independent voices in Cuba. They even didn’t dare to invite our small but very active group of independent bloggers in Cuba, among them the most prominent Cuban blogger Yoani Sanchez.
And by the way, let me not forget this, it was sponsored by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Cuba, Bruno Rodriguez, which shows not only who really is acting behind those names in Facebook, Twitter and internet, but also how political biases had influenced the very beginning of that “social network” internationally branded by yourself and now stolen by Castro's regime.
Some Cubans, like me, and many others have been trying to reach you throughout your Twitter account to advice about this topic I guess you should know. But also to let you know that the creation of that copycat Facebook in Cuba is only for Cuban agents: the only ones who have internet connection in Cuba, and their poisoned bias purposes.
Neither Cubans living abroad nor our own citizens in Cuba could open an account in that copycat Facebook. You can guess then who are the ones who are managing and supervising that “network” ( a network of fears?), and who are the ones who are opening accounts there.
The fact they tried to give, originally, the Cuban “social network” the same HTTP sub domain FACEBOOK branded by you showed that it is a violation of the international law, acknowledged by them when they changed as fast they noticed our tweets through Twitter to you, as the ones I sent you today and I quote here:
@ceoMarkZuck And you know #Cuba gov is using that copycat #facebook as an segregationist tool against Cubans, their own ppl?
@ceoMarkZuck You said in Wired Magazine: "The thing I really care about is the mission, making the world open." #Cuba #facebook
@ceoMarkZuck Well, #Cuba gov is making its own copycat #facebook to make Cuba more isolated from the world: a virtual apartheid
@ceoMarkZuck I hope I will hear your own opinion about that !!!
Originally they use this HTTP removed immediately: facebook.ismm.edu.cu with is a flagrant violation of International Laws. Now, they had acknowledged this HTTP address for the faked Facebook: http://neko.uclv.edu.cu
I hope I will hear you about this very sensible matter to us, and I truly believe to yourself too. After all, nobody wants to be related with tyrannies and tyrants.
Juan Martin Lorenzo