Russia Throttles Twitter over Banned Posts, Accidentally Downs own Websites

Russia has started throttling Twitter’s speeds for failing to remove banned content but the websites of https://Kremlin.ru, Roskomnadzor, and the Russian government have suddenly gone down after the announcement.

According to the Russian government, Twitter refused to take down content related to drug use, pornography, and other banned topics despite being given a warning.

(Twitter) “does not remove content that incites minors to commit suicide, contains child pornography or information about the use of drugs,” said Russian communications regulator Roskomnadzor.

After the announcement was made, Russian internet users reported that the websites of https://Kremlin.ru, Roskomnadzor, and the Russian government became inaccessible for a few hours.

The Russian government however blamed the outage on equipment failure.

“Problems with access to a number of government and other sites are related to a router failure in the Rostelecom network. The company is taking the necessary steps to restore the network,” explained Roskomnadzor.

Cybersecurity expert and author Andrei Soldatov said that the outage might really be related to the Twitter slowdown and was impacted by Russia’s “sovereign internet” law technology.

Soldatov speculated that the Russian regulators have used routers to throttle Twitter but had negative effects on the connectivity of government websites.

The Twitter throttling came one day after the Russian government announced lawsuits against Twitter, Google, Facebook, TikTok, and Telegram because they allowed posts urging citizens to join protests in support of Alexei Navalny.


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