Russia’s state communications watchdog Roskomnadzor said it decided not to block Twitter in light of these developments, an announcement seemingly endinggovernment and the platform that has played a role in amplifying dissent in Russia.
Two months ago, Roskomnadzor accused Twitter of failing toencouraging suicide among children and information about drugs and child pornography. The agency announced on March 10 it was slowing down the speed of and videos to the platform, both on desktops and mobile devices and less than a week later threatened to block it if it continued to not comply with the demands.
In response to the accusations, Twitter has emphasized its zero-tolerance policy for, the promotion of suicide, and drug sales.
Roskomnadzorhas taken down 91% of prohibited content, with only 563 posts containing child pornography, information about drugs, and suicide, calls for minors to participate in protests and extremist materials out of roughly 5,900 remaining available.
Since the platform “confirmed that it fully shares the agency’s endeavors to combat socially dangerous content and will take all necessary measures to remove it” and “expressed its readiness and interest in building a constructive dialogue,” Roskomnadzor said it decided not to block it.
But it will continue to slow Twitter down on mobile devices until all of the banned content is removed, and the platform starts taking down prohibited content within 24 hours of being notified by Russian laws.
“The agency appreciates the efforts of Twitter to comply with the requirements of Russian laws,” Roskomnadzor said.
Twitter said in a statement Monday it welcomedit.
“is an essential right for all citizens, which also protects free expression and promotes fair competition,” the statement said. “We remain deeply committed to offering a safe service to account holders worldwide — including those in Russia. As part of this endeavor, we will continue to engage in constructive dialogue with Roskomnadzor.”
According to Twitter, it has removed or restricted access to all content that Roskomnadzor flagged up, which falls under the platform’s existing policies.
Russian authorities criticizedplatforms earlier this year for bringing tens of thousands of people into the streets across the country in January to demand the release of jailed opposition leader Alexei Navalny, President Vladimir Putin’s most well-known critic. The wave of demonstrations was the largest in to the Kremlin.
The authorities alleged thatfailed to remove calls for children to join the protests. Putin has urged police to monitor platforms more and to track down those who draw children into “illegal and unsanctioned street actions.”
The Russian government’s efforts todate back to 2012, when a law allowing authorities to block and block certain online content was adopted. Since then, many restrictions targeting , websites, and social media platforms have been introduced in Russia.
The government has repeatedly aired threats toand Twitter but stopped short of outright bans — probably fearing the move would elicit too much public outrage. Only the social network LinkedIn, which wasn’t very popular in Russia, has been banned by authorities for failing to store its in Russia.