The Russian news agency quoted a senior regulatory official as saying on Tuesday (16th) that unless the US social media giant Twitter complies with the requirement to delete banned content, Russia will block Twitter within a month.
According to Reuters, Moscow said last week that it had slowed the pace of Twitter in Russia in retaliation for Twitter’s failure to delete certain banned content lists. Twitter said at the time that the company was worried about the impact of Russian actions on freedom of speech, and denied allowing its platform to be used to promote what the Russian authorities called illegal behavior.
Vadim Subbotin, deputy director of the communications watchdog Roskomnadzor, said on Tuesday that Twitter has not yet addressed Russia’s concerns and that if the issue is not resolved, it will be blocked within a month. He was quoted as saying that if Twitter takes action to delete prohibited content, Twitter can still avoid being blocked, including child pornography and illegal drugs, and child suicide.
Twitter did not immediately respond to a request for comment.