Twitter Agrees to Allow Vladimir Putin to Censor Russian Content

Twitter has bowed to pressure from Russian Czar Vladimir Putin to block all content blacklisted by Russia’s Federal Service for Supervision in Telecommunications, Information Technology and Mass Communications.

Putin’s government reports that since early March, Twitter has “actively been engaged in cooperation” with Russian authorities already. Twitter has already deleted pinpointed accounts and is restricting access on the basis of “five information materials” as determined by Russian authorities.

In a statement from the Kremlin, Twitter’s cooperation with the massive censorship policy was praised.

Negotiations on cooperation with the largest international Internet social platform as part of maintaining the register of information whose dissemination is banned in Russia had been held since the moment the first entries appeared in the register with references to those tweets. The administration of Twitter had had no practice of interaction with foreign governmental bodies on the removal or restriction of illegal content, and this made the negotiations difficult. The constructive position of the administration of the resource made it possible to formulate a mutually acceptable interaction algorithm that makes it possible to have information from the register processed within periods acceptable to the Russian side.

Calling it “under-the-radar appeasement,” Kim Zigfeld reports that Twitter has touted its efforts to work with foreign governments to allow them to censor Twitter’s content.

Also, in June of 2010, Twitter posted some a gushing account of a visit to its world headquarters by Russia’s President, Dimiti Medvedev.

Twitter isn’t the only Internet site being censored by the Russian government. The Russian telecom agency has blacklisted over 600 Russian websites claiming that they are “harmful to children.” Banned sites include a digital library of books and wiki pages.

This new round of Internet censorship comes only a few years after Twitter was hailed for its democratizing effects and given credit for many instances of popular revolt against tyrannical governments in the Mid East.

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  • jim_m

    Shocker. The left leaning web services establishment bows to another totalitarian dictator just like google did to the Chinese

    • Commander_Chico

      “Left-leaning?” Twitter is a business. This is about money, not politics.

      • jim_m

        They are one and the same here my foolish friend.

      • MartinLandauCalrissian

        Yeah, money. It’s only about “politics” when in the United States where they can grandstand and pretend they are anything else but conscienceless, friends to totalitarians for PR purposes. In other words, typical leftists.

  • SteveCrickmore075

    ..and just like the wide-eyed neophyte Dubya Bush did when he was president to Putin

    • LiberalNightmare

      If there was no Bush, it would be necessary for the left to create one.

      • SteveCrickmore075

        “If there were no Bush”..We didn’t have to create one, the GOP did and will again!

        • LiberalNightmare

          Why would the GOP bother now? Obama has already done everything the left used to blame Bush for.

      • Commander_Chico

        We could only have hoped . . . America would be much stronger today.

    • Jwb10001

      You are so predictable, if I said my cat is black you respond with some Bush is bad comment, or tell me it’s black because of global warming. What about the topic at hand Steve?

  • ackwired

    Shameful! This kind of thing is a good reason not to use for profit posting services like twitter, facebook, etc. They will do anything for money and they own your information as soon as you post.

    • jim_m

      You should be pleased. It turns out that your friends at Twitter, Google and Facebook are all big left wing donors and there’s a paper out demonstrating how they can swing elections.

      Google apparently is upset that they have been uncovered. The idea that Google doesn’t steer the search results is farcical.

      • Commander_Chico

        Welcome to the future.

  • LiberalNightmare

    setting search preferences to bing.

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