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Twitter given one month to comply with Russian laws or face total ban

Russian media watchdog Roskomnadzor is considering a complete blocking of Twitter in Russia if the social network does not respond to the agency’s claims within a month, Vadim Subbotin, deputy head of the Russian Federal Service for Supervision of Communications, IT and Mass Media (Roskomnadzor), told Sputnik.

Roskomnadzor will refrain from any further restrictions against Twitter over the next one month to see how the media platform will respond to its complaints, watchdog’s deputy head said on Tuesday.

At the same time, Roskomnadzor may impose measures, similar to those enforced against Twitter, also against other internet and social networking services, including Facebook, Youtube and Instagram, Subbotin said.

On March 10, Roskomnadzor slowed down the Twitter traffic by 100 percent on mobile devices and 50 percent on stationary devices, threatening to ban the media platform in Russia altogether.

The restrictions came on the back of over 28,000 complaints submitted to Twitter over not taking down links to posts considered illegal under Russian law, such as child pornography or propaganda of illegal drugs.