Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez will create an account on the social networking site Twitter, according to media reports.

The announcement comes after the socialist Chavez compared use of the social networking sites to terrorism due to negative comments made against him on Twitter and Facebook.


"Comandante Chavez is going to open his Twitter account soon to wage the battle online," Diosdado Cabello, head of the country’s telecommunications regulator, said today on state television, according to Bloomberg. "I’m sure he’ll break records for numbers of followers."

The message appears to be a change of pace for Chavez, who was accused by the opposition of trying to block the sites because of negative sentiments being aired on them.

Now, he is poised to take his critics head-on.

Should Chavez follow through, he would become one of several world leaders who have official accounts, including U.S. President Barack Obama, who has over 3.7 million followers.

Obama ranks among the top 5 most-followed Twitter accounts in the world.