Russia Slows Twitter In Blunt Warning To U.S.-Based Social Media Platforms

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A man uses a tablet device in a subway train in Moscow in 2019. Russia’s Internet regulatory agency announced it is slowing Twitter because the company has ignored requests to remove content harmful to children. Pavel Golovkin/AP

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MOSCOW – The Kremlin is threatening to block Twitter in Russia as President Vladimir Putin seeks to rein in the influence of social media.

In a statement, Russia’s Internet regulatory agency, Roskomnadzor, said that for now it will be slowing down Twitter service because the company has allegedly ignored requests to take down material harmful to children.

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