Russia Won’t Block Twitter, But Partial Slowdown to Continue

Russian authorities criticized social media platforms earlier this year for bringing tens of thousands of people into the streets across the country in January to demand the release of jailed opposition leader Alexei Navalny.

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FILE - This April 26, 2017, file photo shows the Twitter app icon on a mobile phone in Philadelphia. On Monday, May 17, 2021, Russian authorities said they decided not to block Twitter after the social media platform deleted most of the banned content identified by Moscow and expressed “readiness and interest in building a constructive dialogue.” (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)
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MOSCOW (AP) — Russian authorities on Monday backed away from threats to block Twitter, saying that the social media platform deleted most of the banned content identified by Moscow and expressed “readiness and interest in building a constructive dialogue.” Russia’s state communications watchdog Roskomnadzor said it decided not to block Twitter in light of these developments, an announcement that seemingly ends the most recent standoff between the Russian government and the platform that has played…

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