the regulator Russian of communications, Roskomnadzor, has proceeded to block Twitter, shortly after doing the same with the social network Facebook.
According to a document on the regulator’s website, the measure is due to a request from the Russian Prosecutor’s Office on February 24, the date of the start of the Russian military operation in Ukraine.
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At the time of this writing, Twitter was still available in Moscow.
Previously, Roskomnadzor announced the blocking of access in Russia to the Facebook social network in response to the “censorship” of Russian media accounts.
“On March 4, it was decided to block access to the social network Facebook, controlled by Meta, on the territory of the Russian Federation.he pointed Roskomnadzor it’s a statement.
The Russian regulator had already partially restricted and slowed down access to Facebook and Twitter for the spread of “false information” about the performance of the Russian forces in Ukraine.
Then he explained that he was taking this measure after the American technology company restricted the official accounts of four Russian media: the Zvezda military television channel, the official RIA Nóvosti agency, the Lenta portal and the Gazeta.ru newspaper.
The Russian Prosecutor General’s Office stated that Facebook “unlawfully restricted the dissemination through Internet users of socially important information on the territory of the Russian Federation, including registered media messages and materials, in connection with the imposition of political and economic sanctions by foreign countries with respect to Russia” .
The Russian authorities consider that this violates the right of citizens contained in article 29 of the Russian Constitution to “freely access, receive, transmit, produce and disseminate information legally”, affirmed the Prosecutor’s Office.
Roskomnadzor indicated that it requested Meta, parent company of Facebookto lift the restrictions and explain the reasons for their introduction, but the social network ignored the Russian request.
This Friday Russia passed a law that also provides for criminalizing the publication of “fake news” who seek to discredit the Russian Army.
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