Russia attacks Twitter for not removing “banned” content

Russia’s Communications Monitoring Authority said today that Twitter has not yet removed more than 3,000 posts containing illegal content after Moscow began disrupting Twitter services in the country.

Roskomnadzor said yesterday that it had begun to slow down the US social media giant’s work in Russia, saying Twitter had failed to comply with its requests to delete content related to child pornography, drug use and calls for minors to commit suicide.

Roskomnadzor said in a statement today: “As of March 11, 2021, more than 3,100 publications containing prohibited information have not been deleted.”

“There was no response to Roskomnadzor’s request to delete prohibited material containing child pornography and pro-drug and suicide content.”

The Communications Monitoring Authority confirmed that the measures only affect publications that contain photos, videos and graphics.

Roskomnadzor added: “The owners of the social media network must make their work in Russia compatible with the legislation of our country.”

Late yesterday, Twitter denounced Russia’s attempts to “prevent and stifle public talks on the Internet.”

The media giant said it follows a “zero tolerance” policy regarding “child sexual exploitation” and does not promote suicide and self-harm.

In recent months, the Kremlin has cracked down on internet platforms including Facebook, Twitter and YouTube to host content that included calls for protests in support of imprisoned opposition politician Alexei Navalny.

President Vladimir Putin has warned of the growing influence of big technology companies, saying that they are “competing” with sovereign countries.

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