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

Russia to block Twitter unless it deletes banned content


Moscow: The Russian News Agency quoted a senior regulatory official as saying that Russia plans to block Twitter within a month unless the platform meets the country’s requirements to remove banned content.

Moscow said last week that it had slowed the pace of Twitter in Russia due to its failure to remove certain prohibited content lists in retaliation.

Twitter said at the time that it was worried about the impact of Russian actions on freedom of speech and denied that it allowed its platform to be used to promote illegal actions alleged by the Russian authorities.

Vadim Subbotin, deputy director of the communications watchdog Roskomnadzor, said on Tuesday that Twitter has not yet addressed the concerns of the Russians and that unless it is blocked within a month before that, the move will exacerbate the confrontation. and so.

“Twitter is not reacting to our requests as they should. If the situation carries on then it will be blocked in a month without a court order,” the Interfax news agency cited Subbotin as saying.

He was quoted as saying that if Twitter takes action to delete prohibited content, Twitter can still avoid being blocked, Moscow said, including child pornography and materials related to illegal drugs and child suicide.

Twitter did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The U.S. platform was already under pressure in Russia after it was named earlier this month as one of five social media platforms being sued for allegedly failing to delete posts urging children to take part in illegal anti-Kremlin protests.

Russia’s foreign ministry on Saturday accused the United States of using IT opportunities to engage in unfair competition and social media platforms of arbitrarily and indiscriminately censoring content. (Reporting by Polina Devitt and Alexander Marrow; Editing by Andrew Osborn)

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