Russia Gives Twitter a Month to Delete Banned Content or Get Blocked

The Russian government is threatening to block Twitter in the country unless the social media platform removes banned content within a month. The ultimatum comes after Roskomnadzor, Russia’s federal executive authority overseeing online and media content, began slowing down the speed of Twitter last week in retaliation for an alleged failure to remove content related to drugs, child pornography, and suicide incitement aimed at minors. “If Twitter does not comply with the requirements of Roskomnadzor, the requirements of Russian legislation, respectively, we will consider an option to completely block the service on the territory of Russia,” Roskomnadzor deputy chief Vadim Subbotin told the state-run TASS news agency. Subbotin added that his agency is capable of completely blocking Russian users’ access to Twitter’s services. “We have such technical capabilities,” Subbotin claimed, reported TASS. The banned content in question, according to TASS, involves 3,168 posts containing information on ways of committing suicide, …

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