Russia will block Twitter within one month unless the US social media giant complies with the demand to remove the banned content, Russian news agencies quoted a senior regulatory official as saying on Tuesday.
Moscow said last week it had slowed Twitter’s speed inside Russia in response to what it called a failure to remove a specific list of prohibited content.
Twitter said at the time that it was concerned about the impact of the Russian measure on freedom of expression, and denied that it had allowed its platform to be used to promote illegal behavior as alleged by the Russian authorities.
In a move to escalate the mounting confrontation, Vadim Sobotin, vice president of Roskomnadzor, the Communications Monitoring Authority, was quoted as saying on Tuesday that Twitter has not addressed Russian concerns yet and will be banned in Russia within a month unless he does. Southwest.
“Twitter is not responding to our requests properly. Interfax news agency quoted Sobotin as saying if the situation continues, it will be blocked within a month without a court order.”
He was quoted as saying that Twitter could still avoid the ban if it took action to remove the banned content, which Moscow said included child pornography and material on illegal drugs and child suicide.
Twitter did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The US platform has already come under pressure in Russia after it was named earlier this month as one of five social media platforms that has been sued for failing to delete posts urging children to participate in illegal protests against the Kremlin.
On Saturday, the Russian Foreign Ministry accused the United States of using information technology opportunities to engage in unfair competition and social media platforms by imposing arbitrary and indiscriminate censorship of content.