Russia said on Monday that it would extend Twitter’s punitive slowdown period to May 15 despite acknowledging that the American social media company has accelerated the removal of prohibited content.

Traditionally, Moscow has played more roles in regulating the Internet than neighboring China. However, the increased friction caused by the arrest and imprisonment of the Kremlin critic Alexei Navani this year marks a tougher line.

Since March, Russia has been blocking the rate at which Twitter deletes content that it considers illegal, and has threatened to stop it completely. For some users, photos and videos take longer to load.

However, the national communications watchdog Roskomnadzor said in a statement on Monday that Twitter had held talks with the Russian authorities on April 1 and reached an agreement to give it more time and recognized the speed of removal of banned content. Faster.

Watchdog said in a statement that, on average, Twitter removed illegal content within 81 hours of receiving the request. This is still much longer than the 24 hours required by law.

Twitter did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Russian authorities accused Twitter and others this year of not deleting Moscow’s posts saying they illegally urge children to participate in anti-Kremlin protests.

Roskomnadzor said it wants Twitter to delete content that contains child pornography, drug use information and calls for minors to commit suicide.

Twitter denied allowing its platform to be used to promote illegal behavior, and stated that it adopts a zero-tolerance policy for child sexual exploitation and prohibits the promotion of suicide or self-harm.

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After Russia announced its move to slow down traffic, Twitter expressed concern about the impact on freedom of speech.

In addition to Russia, as the government seeks to limit its power, major social media companies are also involved in more and more disputes around the world.

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