Roskomnadzor began to slow down Twitter traffic again

Roskomnadzor began to slow down the speed of the social network Twitter in Russia again, the press service of the department reports. They explained the decision by spreading false information about the Russian military operation in Ukraine on the platform.

We are talking about stationary computers, explained in the RKN. “Roskomnadzor has restored measures in the form of slowing down the speed of the Twitter Internet service on fixed-line devices in the Russian Federation in connection with the dissemination of unreliable socially significant information on the subject of a special military operation in Ukraine,” the Interfax press service said. The agency assured that the measures will be lifted when Twitter removes all content from its platform that the RKN considers illegal.

Roskomnadzor began slowing down Twitter on mobile and stationary devices in March 2021. The RKN then explained the decision by the fact that the social network did not comply with the requirements of Russian law and did not remove prohibited content – publications with calls for suicide by minors, child pornography and information about the use of drugs . In May of the same year, access restrictions on stationary devices were lifted after Twitter’s moderation services removed over 91% of problematic posts. Twitter traffic on mobile devices was not affected by this measure.

Since February 25, the RKN has partially blocked access to the Facebook social network, which the Prosecutor General’s Office of the Russian Federation recognized as “involved in the violation of the rights and freedoms of Russians.” This happened after Facebook imposed restrictions on the official accounts of four Russian media outlets – the Zvezda TV channel, RIA Novosti, and The regulator said that the social network ignored the demands to remove the restrictions and explain the reason for their introduction.

Roskomnadzor is actively fighting the dissemination of publications about the armed conflict in Ukraine, which the agency considers unreliable (contradictory to official Russian sources). Thus, the Internet regulator sent ten Russian media outlets a request to remove fakes about the actions of the Russian Armed Forces on the territory of Ukraine and began an administrative investigation against them.

In addition, Roskomnadzor reported that it had found sites with “inaccurate socially significant information” posted using Google Ads contextual advertising. The agency threatened such resources with blocking, and their owners with criminal liability.


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