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Russia halts punitive Twitter slowdown, warns other tech platforms

Russia halts punitive Twitter slowdown, warns other tech platforms

Moscow, May 18 (Prensa Latina) Russian State Communication watchdog Roskomnadzor halted a punitive slowdown of Twitter after it deleted more than 90% content deemed illegal by Moscow, but warned other US internet platforms to comply with local legislation or face similar penalties.
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The Russian authorities asked Twitter to withdraw messages on child pornography, promotion of suicide or self-harm, the use of drugs and the involvement of minors in unauthorized mass events, in addition to extremist content and other materials banned in Moscow.

Russia’s Federal Telecommunications, Information Technology and Media Supervision Service explained on its official website that it decided not to block Twitter because since March it deleted most of nearly 6,000 messages banned by the country’s laws.

Roskomnadzor warned that to utterly end the restrictions, it will be necessary for the social network (Twitter) to eliminate the 563 identified banned materials that are kept on its platform.

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