Twitter says Russian government censoring social media platform

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by Elizabeth Culliford

As the invasion of Ukraine continues and images and videos of Russian casualties and prisoners are posted to Twitter, the company now says it is being censored by the Russian media and government.

A report by Elizabeth Culliford at Reuters claims, Twitter is being restricted for some users in Russia, the social media company said in a tweet on Saturday.

“On Friday, one day after Russia invaded Ukraine, Moscow said it was partially limiting access to Meta Platforms Inc’s Facebook, accusing it of “censoring” Russian media,” Culliford reported. “Twitter said it was working to keep its service safe and accessible. It did not immediately respond to a question on whether Russia had communicated with the company about any actions.”

Internet blockage observatory NetBlocks reported that Twitter had been restricted on leading networks. A Reuters reporter in Moscow on Saturday said the site was slow and had difficulties sending tweets.

Russia has been trying to exert tighter control over the internet and big tech companies for years, in efforts that critics say threaten individual and corporate freedom, and are part of a wider crackdown against outspoken opponents of the Kremlin.

Last year, Moscow slowed down the speed of Twitter in a punitive move because it said the site was not removing illegal content.

(Reporting by Elizabeth Culliford; Editing by Diane Craft and Andrea Ricci) Further Editing by Shore News Network, Phil Stilton.