Russia drops threat to block Twitter, says some content removed

MOSCOW – Russia has backed off a threat to block Twitter, saying the social media platform has sped up efforts to content that local regulators deemed illegal.

Twitter had a video conference with Russian regulators on April 1 and is now deleting content that promotes illegal activity or pornography at a faster rate, Internet watchdog Roskomnadzor said in a statement on Monday (April 5).

In a move that raised fears of tighter controls over the Internet, the regulator last month made content on Twitter slower to load and threatened to fully block the service within a month if it does not delete flagged content.

The slowdown will be extended until May 15 to Twitter time to remove additional content, Roskomnadzor said.

Twitter did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Monday.

Previously, the company expressed concerns about attempts to throttle online conversations and said it did not allow its platform to be used to promote illegal activities.

The government has ratcheted up pressure on social media due to posts that promoted protests over the jailing of opposition leader Alexey Navalny earlier this year.

Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and Google are also facing the threat of for not removing content.

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