Russia said on Monday: It is extending the punitive slowdown against the Twitter platform until May 15, despite its admission that the American social media company has rushed to remove the prohibited content.
Moscow has always played a lesser role on internet surveillance compared to that of neighboring China, but with the escalation of the row this year over the arrest and imprisonment of Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny, that signals a tougher stance.
Since March, Russia has reduced the speed of access to the Twitter platform because it has not removed content that Moscow considers illegal, and has threatened to block it completely.
Due to this punitive slowdown, uploading photos and videos takes longer for some users.
Roskomnadzor’s government communications watchdog said statement Today, Monday: Twitter held talks with Russian authorities on April 1, which led to an agreement to give it more time and recognition to delete blocked content faster.
Twitter confirmed talks with Russia, “It was a fruitful discussion about how we both would work to ensure that reports of such illegal content are dealt with expeditiously,” she said in a statement.
“Twitter was removing illegal content on average within 81 hours of receiving the request, which is still much longer than the 24 hours required by law,” Roskomnadzor said.
Russian authorities accused Twitter and others this year of failing to remove posts that Moscow said was illegally urging children to participate in anti-Kremlin protests.
Roskomnadzor says she wants Twitter to delete content that contains child pornography, information on drug use and calls for minors to commit suicide.
Twitter denies allowing its platform to be used to promote illegal behavior, and says it has a zero-tolerance policy for child sexual exploitation, and prohibits promoting suicide or self-harm.
After Russia announced its move to slow traffic, Twitter said it was concerned about the impact on freedom of expression.
In addition to Russia, the major social media companies are embroiled in a growing number of conflicts around the world as governments seek to limit their influence.