What you need to know
- Twitter faces a ban in Russia over its refusal to take down illegal material.
- The contentious content includes illegal drugs and sexual imagery.
- The Russian government says Twitter will be blocked in a month if nothing changes.
Twitter and other social media companies are prone to threats of takedowns from countries where there is a clash of values between the companies and the government. This time, it's Russia. The social media platform has been urged to take down a raft of illegal content on its platform which included "child pornography and material on illegal drugs and child suicide." A slowdown was initiated on the platform last week ahead of this statement.
Twitter for its part had denied that its platform had been used as a harbor for such illegal content. Some have suggested that the platform was a target for the state after being a mobilization ground for protestors and political pariahs alike.
Twitter is not the only social app that's suffering from a case of spontaneous disconnection. Signal, the privacy focused messaging app that's just managed to become popular, has recently copped a ban of its own in China. TikTok has just narrowly escaped a ban in the US, and Telegram is always just evading a Russian ban.
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