Twitter says its website is restricted in Russia

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FILE PHOTO: The Twitter logo is seen outside the company headquarters in San Francisco, California, U.S., January 11, 2021. REUTERS/Stephen Lam/File Photo

February 26, 2022

By Elizabeth Culliford

(Reuters) – Twitter is being restricted for some users in Russia, the social media company said in a tweet on Saturday.

On Friday, a day after Russia invaded Ukraine, Moscow said it was partially restricting Meta Platforms Inc’s access to Facebook, alleging that it had “censored” Russian media.

Twitter says it is working to keep its service safe and accessible. It did not immediately respond to a question about whether Russia had contacted the company about any action.

Internet congestion observatory NetBlocks reports that Twitter has been restricted on top networks A Reuters reporter in Moscow on Saturday said the site was slow and had trouble sending tweets.

Russia has been trying to clamp down on the internet and big tech companies for years, in efforts that critics say threaten individual and corporate liberties and are part of a growing political crisis. broader repression against outspoken opponents of the Kremlin.

Last year, Moscow slowed Twitter down in a punitive move, saying it didn’t remove illegal content.

(Reporting by Elizabeth Culliford; Editing by Diane Craft and Andrea Ricci) Twitter says its website is restricted in Russia

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