Twitter gets a month to remove “banned” content in Russia

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On Tuesday, Russian media regulator Roskomnadzor posted a one-month ultimatum on Twitter to remove “banned” content, threatening to consider blocking the country’s social media platform if it did not comply.

Last week Roskomnadzor began to break Twitter services in Russia say the US platform has not complied with its demands to delete content related to child pornography, drug use and calls on minors to commit suicide.

“It simply came to our notice then Twitter response to the removal of banned content “, Deputy Head of Roskomnadzor Vadim Subbotin told the state agency TASS.

He added that if Twitter did not comply within that period, the media regulator would “consider completely blocking the service” on Russian territory.

Subbotin too told Interfax news agency that Twitter has not taken any “concrete steps” to remove the banned content.

In recent months, Russian authorities have stepped up pressure on Western social media platforms, especially those that host content supporting Kremlin-imprisoned critic Alexei Navalny.

Last week, Roskomnadzor said it had begun slowing down the speed of photo and video content for all mobile users and 50 percent of desktop users in Russia.

A Twitter spokesman told AFP last week that the company did not support “illegal behavior” and was “deeply concerned about intensified attempts to block and restrict public online conversation.”

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