Twitter’s punitive recession was partially halted by Russia after removing illegal content

Russia on Monday partially halted Twitter’s punitive downturn after Moscow removed a large portion of content deemed illegal, but other US Internet platforms were forced to comply with local law or face similar penalties Be warned.

State communications watchdog Roskomnadzor has disrupted Twitter’s momentum since March to not remove banned content as quickly as possible, and threatened to block it outright, triggering Moscow’s tightening of its control over the Internet Is part of a wider campaign for.

On Monday, however, the watchdog said it no longer plans to block the service and the slowdown will only remain on mobile devices.

A Twitter spokesperson welcomed the decision not to block its service.

“We are committed to providing a secure service to account holders around the world, including Russia,” the spokesperson said. He said that Twitter would continue to talk with Roskomnadzor.

Roskomnadzor said it has identified other Internet platforms, including Facebook and Alphabet’s YouTube, which have posted illegal content.

“If these platforms fail to take appropriate action, they may face similar restrictions,” Roscomnadzor said in a statement.

Facebook and YouTube did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Roskomnadzor, who set a May 15 deadline for Twitter to remove banned content, says it wants the American social media platform to remove posts that contain child pornography, drug abuse information or minors Involves calling to commit suicide.

Twitter denied permission to use its platform to promote illegal behavior, and said it has a zero-tolerance policy for child sexual abuse and prohibits the promotion of suicide or self-harm.

Roskomnadzor said that Twitter has removed 91 percent of banned content since March, with 563 items now accessible, down from around 6,000 in total.

It said that Twitter needed to remove all banned items and to remove illegal posts within 24 hours in the future, as demanded by Russian law, so that all restrictions could be lifted.

© Thomson Reuters 2021


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