× Digital News Videos Health & Science Opinion Education Columnists Cartoons Lifestyle Moi Cabinets Arts & Culture Ramadhan Special Podcasts E-Paper Lifestyle & Entertainment Nairobian Entertainment Eve Woman Travelog TV Stations KTN Home KTN News BTV KTN Farmers TV Radio Stations Radio Maisha Spice FM Vybez Radio Enterprise VAS E-Learning Digger Classified Jobs Games Crosswords Sudoku The Standard Group Corporate Contact Us Rate Card Vacancies DCX O.M Portal Corporate Email RMS
×

Russia slows Twitter's speed over failure to remove banned content

SCI & TECH
By Reuters | March 10th 2021
A 3D-printed Twitter logo displayed in front of the Russian flag is seen in this illustration picture, October 27, 2017. [Reuters]

Russia’s state communications watchdog said on Wednesday it was restricting the use of Twitter by slowing down its speed, accusing the social media platform of repeatedly failing to remove banned content from its site.

Roskomnadzor threatened to block the service completely and said there were more than 3,000 posts containing illegal content on it as of Wednesday.

Twitter, like other U.S. social media, is used widely inside Russia by allies of Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny whose jailing last month prompted nationwide protests.

“The slowing down will be applied on 100 percent of mobile devices and on 50 percent of non-mobile devices,” the regulator said in a statement on its website.

“If (Twitter) continues to ignore the requirements of the law, the enforcement measures will be continued in line with the response regulations (all the way to blocking),” it said.

Twitter did not immediately respond to an emailed request for comment.

Wednesday’s move comes amid mounting efforts by Moscow to exert greater influence over U.S. social media platforms and frustrations over what authorities say is their failure to follow Russian laws.

Last December, parliament’s lower house backed big new fines on platforms that fail to delete banned content and another bill that would allow them to be restricted if they “discriminate” against Russian media.

Take a quick survey and help us improve our website!

Take a survey
Share this story
Trans Nzoia to roll out Covid-19 vaccine
Trans Nzoia Deputy Governor Dr. Stanley Tarus said the health workers in both public and private health facilities will be prioritised.
Trade deal passes through Kenya, UK Parliaments
Parliament on Tuesday ratified the trade deal, which is estimated at Sh200 billion
.
RECOMMENDED NEWS

Feedback