Twitter Agrees to Block Access to Blacklisted Content in Russia
- The Moscow Times
- Mar. 18 2013 00:00
- Last edited 16:58
Theápopular microblogging site Twitter has agreed toáblock access toáaccounts or posts that have been blacklisted byáRussia's Federal Service foráSupervision ináTelecommunications, Information Technology andáMass Communications, aástatementáposted on the watchdog's websiteásaid Friday.á
Since early March, theáadministration ofáthe microblogging site has "actively been engaged inácooperation" with theáinformation watchdog, already deleting one user's account andárestricting access ináRussia toá"five information materials" atáthe request ofáthe information watchdog, the statement said.á
"Two ofáthe materials, according toáexperts' conclusions, [were restricted] foráassisting theádistribution ofánarcotics, andáthree othersá— forápromoting suicidal thoughts. Another account was deleted foráadvertising aánetwork foráthe distribution ofádrugs. Theáservice was notified ofáthis today," theástatement said.
The statement also noted that negotiations had been under way with theásocial platform forásome time now, but were complicated byáthe social network's "management's lack ofápractice ináinteracting with foreign authorities inárespect ofáremoving or restricting illegal content."
According toáIzvestia, theánegotiations began last November, immediately after aácontroversial law prohibiting theádistribution ofácertain materials was passed toáprotect children.
"The management's constructive attitude has now allowed us toáformulate aámutually acceptable scheme foráinteraction, allowing foráthe further processing ofáinformation fromáthe register ináacceptable terms foráthe Russian side," theáwatchdog's press service said.
The microblogging site identifies its Russian users byáIP address andárestricts access foráthose users toámaterials contained onáthe watchdog's blacklist.á