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Russian Court Fines Twitter Over Failure to Delete Content

Russian Court Fines Twitter Over Failure to Delete Content

Friday, 2 April, 2021 - 10:30
FILE PHOTO: A 3D-printed Twitter logo displayed in front of Russian flag is seen in this illustration picture, October 27, 2017. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration/File Photo

A Russian court on Friday fined Twitter 3.2 million roubles ($42,011.29) over its failure to delete what the authorities said was banned content.


Moscow said last month it had slowed the speed of US-based Twitter inside Russia and on March 16 threatened to ban the social media service outright in a month over content ranging from child pornography to drug abuse.


There was no immediate comment from Twitter, according to Reuters.


Twitter said earlier that it was worried about the impact on free speech of the Russian action, and denied that it allowed its platform to be used to promote illegal behavior as alleged by Russian authorities.


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