Mar 10, 2021

Russia targets Twitter speed over 'banned content'

Russia's media watchdog has said it is slowing down the speed of Twitter, accusing the US social media company of failing to remove 3,000 "Banned" posts. Twitter is widely used by the Kremlin's opponents and President Vladimir Putin has accused social media of competing with governments. The reason for the disruption was not clear but media watchdog officials said it was unrelated to the action against Twitter. Twitter is the sixth biggest social media site in Russia and widely used by opposition figures including Alexei Navalny, who was jailed in January on his return to Russia after treatment for a poisoning attack in Siberia. President Putin recently gave the media watchdog the power to block social media platforms if they "Discriminated" against Russian media.

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