03/04/2014 09:49 BST | Updated 03/04/2014 09:59 BST

US Created Cuban Twitter Clone To Undermine Castro

The Associated Press has learned the US government created of a 'Cuban Twitter,' a communications network designed to undermine the communist government in Cuba.

The plan was concocted to encourage Cubans to give up crucial data about sentiment towards the government and their daily lives.

At one point more than 40,000 Cubans were signed up, according to the AP. The site used text messages to avoid surveillance. The US hoped that by building an audience around prosaic content, it might eventually "renegotiate the balance of power between the state and society".

The 2010 plan was revealed in the exclusive write-up, which you can read in full here.