MOSCOW, 11 Mar – RIA Novosti. The American company Twitter said against the backdrop of a slowdown in the work of the social network in Russia that it is concerned about attempts to block public dialogue, according to the Wall Street Journal, citing a Twitter spokesman.
“We remain committed to protecting the open Internet around the world and are deeply concerned about the growing attempts to block and inhibit public dialogue on the network,” the publication quoted a Twitter spokesman as saying.
Slowdown of work in Russia
On Wednesday morning, Roskomnadzor announced that from March 10, it would slow down the speed of Twitter in Russia. This measure will affect 100 percent of mobile devices and 50 percent of stationary devices. As the deputy head of Roskomnadzor Vadim Subbotin noted, the restrictions will affect the transfer of photos and videos, but will not affect the transfer of text messages.
This decision is due to the reluctance of the administration to block illegal content. Thus, Twitter moderators still have not removed 3168 materials with calls to suicide, child pornography, and information about the use of drugs. In total, the department sent more than 28 thousand initial and repeated requests to social networks.
Roskomnadzor told RIA Novosti that the agency had notified Twitter about the slowdown in its work in Russia and the possibility of a complete blocking. If the administration of the social network continues to ignore the requirements of Roskomnadzor, access to Twitter may be completely restricted. At the same time, the department emphasized that the task of completely blocking the service is not worth it now, but it is possible. The department added that the duration of the restrictive measures depends on how quickly the administration of the social network will fulfill the requirements for the removal of illegal content.
Reaction in Russia
Foreign social networks operating in the country are obliged to comply with the requirements of Russian departments, said the press secretary of the Russian President Dmitry Peskov. “Obviously, there should be effective measures to force these companies to comply with the legal requirements of our departments. These companies are obliged to do this if they operate on the territory of the Russian Federation,” he said.
In turn, Alexander Bashkin, a member of the Federation Council's profile committee on constitutional legislation, told RIA Novosti that Roskomnadzor's decision on Twitter would serve as a sobering shower for YouTube and other social networks that do not comply with the requirements of the Russian department.
He expressed the hope that after this decision, other social networks will fulfill all the logical requirements of the department.
At the same time, Anton Gorelkin, a member of the State Duma Committee on Information Policy, expressed regret that Russian users had become hostages of Twitter's behavior, but indicated that there were simply no other tools to influence the violator.