On Wednesday Russia threatened to block the U.S. social media platform if it did not comply with its deletion demands. This came after Twitter’s speed was already reduced in retaliation for its alleged failure to remove banned content. Russian authorities had already accused Twitter of failing to delete posts that were supposedly urging children to take part in anti-Kremlin protests.
In a statement released by Roskomnadzor, the state communications regulated claims that as of Wednesday there were more than 3,000 posts containing illegal content on the social media platform. No content related to the opposition protests was mentioned; the regulator referred to it as illegal content containing child pornography, information about drug abuse and calls for minors to commit suicide. “If (Twitter) continues to ignore the requirements of the law, the enforcement measures will be continued… (right up to blocking it),” the regulator said.