Russian Media Watchdog Extends Twitter Traffic Slowdown to 15 May


MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Russian media watchdog Roskomnadzor announced on Monday it would not proceed to full blocking of the Twitter social network on the Russian territory but would extend the traffic slowdown to 15 May.

On March 10, Roskomnadzor started slowing down the Twitter traffic speed on 100 percent of mobile devices and 50 percent of stationary devices in light of the online giant’s failure to remove illegal content.

In its fresh statement, the watchdog announced that after the measures were adopted, Twitter removed around 1,900 our of the total 3,100 posts with child pornography and materials promoting illegal drugs and suicide, which it had been reluctant to delete since 2017. The watchdog also noted that the Twitter administration was now removing prohibited materials more quickly.

According to the watchdog, this means Twitter will be given extra time to remove all the prohibited content and bring its activities in full compliance with the Russian legislation.


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