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A Political Kidnapping Versus Chuck Norris

Submitted by on July 27, 2010 – 7:16 pmNo Comment

Mexican Twitter users poked fun at their politicians back in April when congressman Nazario Norberto Sánchez of the Revolutionary Democratic Party sponsored a bill to more closely monitor and regulate the use of Facebook and Twitter with the aim of disrupting the use of online social networks by drug cartels and organized crime. “The bill would make sharing information that helps others break the law or avoid it a criminal act,” writes Alexis Okeowo in Time.

Mexican Twitter users reacted with laughter and scorn when they heard about the bill, with many saying that the proposed legislation was just an excuse for the government to act as Big Brother. Instead of cracking down on Twitter and Facebook use, some analysts say that law-enforcement and intelligence agencies should adapt to the new technology by creating fake identities on the sites to track criminals down instead of seeking to regulate the sites.

Twitter is back in the controversial spotlight today after journalist José Cárdenas used his Twitter account (30,000 followers) to release the contents of a letter allegedly written by kidnapped former presidential candidate Diego Fernandez de Cevallos along with an accompanying photograph. Both the picture and letter are circulating widely on Twitter among the political class:

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However, to put everything into context, the news about Diego Fernandez de Cevallos’ letter can still not compete with “#martesdechucknorris“, a weekly tradition among Twitter users in Mexico to creatively discuss Chuck Norris’ superhuman abilities:

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