Russian Media Watchdog Slows Down Twitter Traffic Speed Over Violations

© REUTERS / Kacper PempelPeople holding mobile phones are silhouetted against a backdrop projected with the Twitter logo in this illustration picture taken September 27, 2013
People holding mobile phones are silhouetted against a backdrop projected with the Twitter logo in this illustration picture taken September 27, 2013 - Sputnik International, 1920, 10.03.2021
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MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The Russian media watchdog, Roskomnadzor, has announced it will slow down Twitter's traffic speed in Russia starting on 10 March over the social network's failure to remove illegal content.

The watchdog has accused Twitter of failing to remove content inciting minors to commit suicide, child pornography, and information about the use of banned drugs. Roskomnadzor added that information spread via Twitter had been "added to the list of threats" in compliance with the law "On information, information technologies and information protection".

"To protect Russian citizens and force the internet service to comply with the legislation of the Russian Federation, centralised response measures will be taken against Twitter starting on 10 March 2021; primary slowdown of the service operation in accordance with the regulations. The slowdown will be implemented on 100 percent of mobile devices and 50 percent of stationary devices", Roskomnadzor said in a statement.

If Twitter continues "to ignore legal requirements" it may even be blocked in Russia, the watchdog added.

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