On Wednesday, Russia slowed the speed of Twitter over the platform’s failure to remove banned content and threatened to shut the entire platform altogether if it failed to comply with the deletion requests.
The move comes weeks after authorities accused Twitter and other social media of failing to delete posts that were urging children to take part in anti-Kremlin protests in support of the imprisoned opposition leader Alexei Navalny.
The state’s communications regulator, Roskomnadzor, said that as of Wednesday there were over 3,000 posts containing illegal content on Twitter.
However, it did not mention anti-Kremlin protests but rather referred to topics such as porn, substance abuse, and suicides among minors.
“The slowing down will be applied to 100% of mobile devices and on 50% of non-mobile devices. If [Twitter] continues to ignore the requirements of the law, the enforcement measures will be continued… [to further block],” the regulator said.