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Twitter blocks access to far-right Ukrainian group's account

0 19 May 2014

Twitter has blocked access to Ukrainian far-right movement Pravy Sektor’s account in Russia.

The move comes just three days after the deputy chief of Russian internet regulator Roskomnadzor’s warned that blocking of access to the site in Russia was “practically unavoidable” due to the social network’s refusal to cooperate with the authorities. 

Twitter declined to comment on the reasons behind their decision, but their help centre indicates that, although the company aims to provide an equal service all over the world, 

“Upon receiving a lawful, substantiated request from the relevant authorities it could be necessary for us to remove access to particular content in a certain country from time to time.”

Despite criticism from Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, who responded to the blocking threat by suggesting that certain civil servants ought to “switch on their brains”, it seems like the statement had desired effect. In the only previous instance when Twitter cooperated with the Russian authorities it took 4 months for the social network to agree to block access to a single tweet published by journalist Sultan Sulimanov, which, according to the authorities, promoted suicide. 

In contrast, Twitter’s decision to block access to the Pravy Sektor account comes just three days after the controversial interview was published.

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