Twitter users in Russia will have to make do with slower updates and more error messages now that Russia has reduced data speeds for the social media site, citing Twitter’s failure to remove illegal content.
Media oversight authority Roskomnadsor said on Wednesday that Twitter has failed, since 2017, to remove 3100 items.
The flagged items included instances of child pornography or attempts to talk minors into suicide.
In order to protect the populace, the regulator has slowed data connection to all mobile devices and about half of stationary devices. The measure does not seem to have brought Twitter to a halt, but has caused some noticeable slowdowns.
Authorities also threatened Twitter with further restrictions or a complete block, should it not come into compliance.
A law went into effect in Russia a few weeks ago that requires operators of social networks to hunt down and remove forbidden content. Along with the content mentioned above, that would also include calls for people to attend protests conducted without the proper permits.
Social networks have been under attack in Russia in recent weeks because they have been used to urge people to attend demonstrations to support Alexei Navalny, an incarcerated opposition leader. Fines have been issued against Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.
Human rights activists have criticised attempts to limit freedom of expression on social media. However, in Russia, hundreds of internet sites have been blocked, including those belonging to opponents of the government.