But according to the Associated Press (AP), Roskomnadzor – the country’s media regulating authority – said on Monday that it had decided against a ban, “taking into account the decision made by Twitter for the first time to change the principles and speed of its own moderation service in Russia, and the removal of a significant part of the prohibited content.”
The agency noted that Twitter was taking 81 hours to delete banned content after receiving notification – a far cry from the 24 hours required by law. But officials were willing to give the company more time to comply after holding talks with it on 1 April, Reuters said.
Russian officials previously slammed social media platforms for enabling street protests that demanded the release of jailed government critic Alexei Navalny. Last Friday, a Moscow court fined Twitter 8.9 million Rubles (~RM477000) for not removing content that encouraged minors to participate in unauthorised protests.