Russia slows down Twitter upload speed

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On a Wednesday, a Russian communication regulator said that it will slow the speeds of posting photos and videos to Twitter, over a complaint that the social media platform isn't removing content and misinformation that's barred by Russian law.

State media watchdog Roskomnadzor stated that it will slow the speeds for all cellphones and half of desktop computers in Russia and has warned that Twitter could ultimately be blocked.

Roskomnadzor said the action against Twitter is intended to "protect Russian citizens and force the Internet service to comply with Russian legislation." He sued Twitter and four other social media companies on Tuesday for not deleting posts about the protests.

Mikhail Klimarev, executive director of the Internet Protection Society, told The Moscow Times that other social media companies, including Facebook and Google, could face similar crackdowns.

Publish : 2021-03-10 23:42:00

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