Russia Blasts Twitter For Being "Too Slow" In Deleting Content "Harmful For Children"

Russia Blasts Twitter For Being "Too Slow" In Deleting Content "Harmful For Children" 


The Kremlin has continued lashing out at Twitter after earlier this month threatening to ban the major US-based social media platform from the country altogether. Its communications watchdog known as Roscomnadzor (the Federal Service for Supervision of Communications, Information Technology and Mass Media) has charged Twitter with deleting banned and 'illegal' content "too slowly" after repeated high-level requests. 

"The rate at which the social network is removing banned information is unsatisfactory," Roscomnadzor said in a statement Tuesday. "Two thirds of material that is harmful for children remains available on Twitter."

The new statement continued by saying Twitter "actually has removed only a third of prohibited content with child pornography, materials pushing children to suicide, advertising the production and use of drugs... The pace of deleting such information is unsatisfactory."

Within the past month Russia has been vocal in charging that Twitter failed to comply in removing over 3,100 posts displaying banned content including pornography, suicide and production of drugs. Two weeks ago it began intentionally throttling Twitter upload speeds, impacting 50% of desktops in Russia.

The regulator said at the time, "With the aim of protecting Russian citizens and forcing the internet service to follow the law on the territory of the Russian Federation, centralized reactive measures have been taken against Twitter starting March 10, 2021 — specifically, the initial throttling of the service’s speeds, in accordance with the regulations." 

Twitter for its part denied that it allows illegal content on its platform and seeks to flag and remove it promptly when it does appear. However, it comes amid a broader battle between governments and Big Tech, given a somewhat parallel scenario is currently playing out in Australia. 

The Kremlin has lately issued statements connected with pro-Navalny protests alleging that Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube are conspiring to boost Russia's anti-Putin opposition while taking steps to censor state media.

It's further long been angered over 'double standards' and hypocrisy in specially labeling Russian state-backed media while failing to do so in the cases of BBC, NPR, VOA and others. 

Russia's throttling of Twitter went into effect March 10, and it remains hugely popular within the country. A follow-up threat from the state regulator had said as follows: "If the internet service Twitter continues to ignore the demands of the law, measures against it will continue in accordance with the regulations, up to and including blocking it."


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