Russia may block Twitter

Russian officials have said U.S. microblogging service Twitter could be blocked in Russia. 

Ruslan Gattarov, an adviser to the Federation Council’s chairwoman, said on May 16 that it is unacceptable for Twitter to ignore the “demands of Russia’s state agency monitoring the Internet Roskomnadzor” to limit the distribution of “banned information” and to protect the personal data of users.

Roskomnadzor Deputy Chairman Maksim Ksenzov told the daily “Izvestia” in an interview that Twitter may be shut down in Russia for ignoring “our demands about false information and fake accounts.”

Roskomnadzor press secretary Vadim Ampelonsky told Ekho Moskvy radio on May 16 that Twitter’s “unconstructive position” on the demand by the Russian prosecutor-general to delete extremist content makes the blocking of Twitter “inevitable.”

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