Russia has announced that it is imposing restrictions on social media platform Twitter for failing to remove illegal content from its platform. The Federal Communications, Information Technology, and Mass Communications Oversight Service, also known as Roskomnadzor, announced Wednesday that it is slowing down the speed of Twitter. Speeds will be reduced on all mobile devices and 50% of non-mobile devices, such as computers.The measure is intended to keep Russia’s citizens safe. It’s also considered to end up blocking the service completely if Twitter doesn’t respond accordingly. Twitter was accused for content that encourages minors to commit suicide, as well as child pornography, and drug use. The move, which escalates a growing stand-off between Moscow and U.S. social media, comes weeks after Russian authorities accused Twitter and others of failing to delete posts it said illegally urged children to take part in anti-Kremlin protests.
Roskomnadzor, the state communications regulator, said in a statement that as of Wednesday there were more than 3,000 posts containing illegal content on Twitter. Social media platforms are in a constant battle to keep inappropriate content off their platforms. Vadim Subbotin, an official at the watchdog, said it was possible that the authorities could target and slow down other internet platforms if they failed to comply with the law.