She said Russia Today, Wednesday: It is slowing down Twitter in response to its alleged failure to remove blocked content and has threatened a complete ban if the US platform does not comply with the deletion demands.
The move, which escalates the growing confrontation between Moscow and American social media companies, comes weeks after the Russian authorities accused Twitter and others of failing to delete posts that they said: they illegally urge children to participate in anti-Kremlin protests.
Russia has always played a greater role on non-interference in internet surveillance than the Chinese one, but with domestic political tensions escalating this year over the arrest and imprisonment of Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny, the government has taken a tougher stance.
Roskomnadzor’s government communication organization said statement: There are more than 3,000 posts containing illegal content on Twitter, and it accuses Twitter of ignoring its requests for deletion for years.
Interfax news agency quoted a Moscow court as saying: Twitter is under pressure in Russia after it was classified as one of five social media platforms that has been prosecuted for not deleting posts urging children to participate in illegal protests.
The regulator did not mention content related to opposition protests in Wednesday’s statement, but referred to what it said: illegal content containing child pornography, information about drug use and calls for minors to commit suicide.
“The slowdown is being applied across 100 percent of mobile devices and 50 percent of non-portable devices,” the regulator saidIf Twitter continues to ignore the requirements of the law, the action continues until it is banned altogether.
Interfax quoted a regulatory official as saying: This step affects visual content and images, not text.
The Kremlin said: There is no desire to ban content, but companies must abide by the law, But some activists said: They believe the restrictions are related to the recent protests.
Sarkis Darbinyan, an advocate for internet freedom at Roskomsvoboda, said: The main drive is the increase in street protests, and it has passed. 10 years into the Arab Spring, and they understood that the Internet is a driving force, and the desire to control the Internet is linked to the control of the information space.
According to the Interfax news agency, quoting the supervisory authority, it is possible that the authorities will target other Internet platforms and slow down their speed if they do not comply with the law.
In December, the lower house of parliament endorsed massive new fines for platforms that fail to remove banned content and other legislation that would allow them to be restricted if they discriminate against Russian media.
Moscow has gradually introduced stricter internet laws in recent years, requiring search engines to delete some search results, and requiring messaging services to share encryption keys with authorities, and to store platforms forUser data via servers in Russia.