Russian media watchdog Roskomnadzor issued a month-long ultimatum to Twitter on Tuesday to remove “banned” content and threatened to consider violating social media platform regulations within the country.
Last week, Russian President Roskomnadzor began disrupting Twitter’s services in Russia, saying that the US platform had failed to comply with its request to delete content related to child pornography and drug use, and called on minors to commit suicide.
Vadim Subbotin, deputy director of Roskomnadzor, told the state-run TASS news agency: “We have spent a month watching Twitter’s response to the removal of prohibited content.”
He added that if Twitter does not comply during that period, the media regulator “will consider the issue of a complete blockade of the service in Russia.”
Subbotin also told Interfax news agency that Twitter has not taken any “specific steps” to remove prohibited content.
In recent months, the Russian authorities have exerted increasing pressure on Western social media platforms, especially the Kremlin critic Alexei Navani who hosts content.
Roskomnadzor said last week that it has begun to slow down the speed of photos and video content for all mobile users and 50% of desktop users in Russia.
A Twitter spokesperson told Agence France-Presse last week that the company does not support “any illegal conduct” and “is deeply concerned about the increasing attempts to block and restrict online public conversations.”
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