May 17, 2014 Comments Off Chuck Biscuits
Excerpted from THE HILL: The Russian regulator of the Internet has threatened to block Twitter, amid growing fears that the country is trying to strangle the Web.
“We can block Twitter or Facebook in Russia tomorrow within a few minutes,” said Maksim Ksenzov, the deputy chairman at the Roskomnadzor agency, in an interview with a Russian newspaper published on Friday. “We do not see any risks in that.”
“If at any point we believe that the consequences of ‘switching off’ social networks will be less significant than the damage done to Russian society by the unconstructive position of the leadership of international companies, we will do what we have to under the law,” he added.
The remarks comes after other signals of a crackdown on the Internet in Russia.
In recent weeks, the Russian parliament has imposed new restrictions on bloggers with more than 3,000 Twitter follows and made moves to limit social media sites like Facebook and Skype. Under a new law, the sites would be barred from the country unless they move their servers to Russia and commit to keeping information about Russian users for at least six months. Keep Reading