Russia says Twitter complying with demand to remove 'banned content'

Russia extends punitive Twitter slowdown until mid-May


Moscow: Russia said on Monday that it would extend the punitive Twitter slowdown to May 15, although it acknowledged that the American social media company has accelerated the pace of removing prohibited content.

Moscow has traditionally taken a more hands-off role in policing the internet than neighbouring China. But as friction has grown this year over the arrest and jailing of Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny, it has signalled a tougher line.

Russia has since March impeded the speed of Twitter for not removing content it deems illegal, and threatened to block it entirely. Photos and videos take longer to load for some users.

However, the national communications watchdog Roskomnadzor said in a statement on Monday that Twitter had held talks with the Russian authorities on April 1 and reached an agreement to give it more time and recognized the speed of removal of banned content. Faster.

Twitter confirmed the meeting with Russia.

“It was a productive discussion about how we can both work to ensure that reports of such illegal content are dealt with expeditiously,” it said in a statement.

Roskomnadzor said that on average, Twitter was removing illegal content within 81 hours of receiving a request. That is still much longer than the 24 hours demanded in law.

Russian authorities have accused Twitter and others this year of failing to delete posts that Moscow said illegally urged children to take part in anti-Kremlin protests.

Roskomnadzor says it wants Twitter to delete content that contains child pornography, drug abuse information and calls for minors to commit suicide.

Twitter denies allowing its platform to be used to promote illegal behaviour, says it has a zero-tolerance policy for child sexual exploitation, and prohibits the promotion of suicide or self-harm.

After Russia announced the move to slow down its traffic, Twitter said it was worried about the impact on free speech.

In addition to Russia, as the government seeks to limit its power, major social media companies are also involved in more and more disputes around the world.

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