The Russian regulator “restricts access” to Twitter after it blocked Facebook

The Russian media regulator Roskomnadzor announced Friday that it has started "restricting access" to Twitter after it blocked Facebook, Russian news agencies reported.

According to Interfax and RIA Novosti, this decision was based on a request from the Russian Prosecutor General on February 24, the day the Russian invasion of Ukraine began.

On Friday evening, AFP correspondents based in Russia noted that the Twitter service was no longer being renewed.

The Russian regulator has slowed Twitter since last year, accusing the US social network of not removing content deemed "illegal", including content linked to the Russian opposition.

Friday's decision comes on the ninth day of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, following the blocking of Facebook and many independent media outlets, as well as the adoption of a law that severely punishes those who spread "false news" about the Russian military or call for sanctions against Moscow.


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