Twitter denies blocking accounts disliked by the Russian government

Twitter denies that it is blocking accounts, per the Russian government's request - and is helping officials accurately report offensive accounts.

Published Tue, Jun 24 2014 4:23 PM CDT   |   Updated Tue, Nov 3 2020 12:16 PM CST

Popular social networking site Twitter isn't actively blocking extremist accounts located in Russia, with reports saying that accounts are being blocked. However, Russian officials are receiving guidance on reporting illegal content so it can be blocked, but Twitter isn't removing accounts.

Twitter denies blocking accounts disliked by the Russian government | TweakTown.com

Russia wants to block access to Ukrainian national groups and insurgency groups that communicate and share information via Twitter. The Iraqi government has blocked Twitter and other social media accounts, but the effort has been rather unsuccessful - which is why the Russian government hopes to work directly with Twitter.

"That claim is inaccurate, as we did not agree to remove the accounts," said Nu Wexler, Twitter spokesman said in a statement.

The Russian government wants to find ways to control Internet information flow, citing concerns of foreign snooping and surveillance. Any type of content ruled to be extremist can now be blocked and court orders aren't required for a takedown to occur.

An experienced tech journalist and marketing specialist, Michael joins TweakTown looking to cover everything from consumer electronics to enterprise cloud technology. A former Staff Writer at DailyTech, Michael is now the West Coast News Editor and will contribute news stories on a daily basis. In addition to contributing here, Michael also runs his own tech blog, AlamedaTech.com, while he looks to remain busy in the tech world.

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