Russia accuses Twitter to violate the law by failing to delete the contents

The accused Russian communications regulator Twitter Monday to violate Russian law, saying the social media platform had failed to comply with some of its requests to delete prohibited content.

Roskomnadzor said Twitter has failed to delete 2,862 posts containing material related to suicide, pornography and drugs since 2017. He could be fined heavily if found guilty of repeatedly failing to delete content deemed illegal under Russian law, he said. The platform is widely used by Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny and his allies to criticize the authorities and announce new protests.

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Twitter, who declined to comment, has been fined in the past for violating Russian data laws, but the penalties have been relatively modest. Last year a Moscow court was fined Twitter 4 million rubles ($ 54,000) for non-compliance with Russian data law after the platform refused to locate its server containing data on Russian citizens on Russian territory. Russia has taken steps in recent months to exert greater influence on foreign social media platforms.

Bills passed by the lower house of parliament in December last year allowed Russia to impose high fines on platforms that do not eliminate banned content and even restrict access to US social media giants if they “discriminate” Russian media . The Farnesina also accused Facebook and other US platforms for failing to identify fake posts related to unauthorized protests in support of Navalny, where police arrested thousands of protesters nationwide.

In January, President Vladimir Putin questioned what he described as the growing power of US social media giants and said their influence meant they were now competing with governments.

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News Highlights:

  • The accused Russian communications regulator Twitter Monday to violate Russian law, saying the social media platform had failed to comply with some of its requests to delete prohibited content. Roskomnadzor said Twitter failed to delete 2,862 posts containing suicide, pornography and drug related material since 2017.
  • Russia accuses Twitter to violate the law by failing to delete the contents