The Russian Government Gives Twitter a 30-Day Ultimatum to Take Down Child Porn or Get Booted Off

When the West grows increasingly degenerate, Russia remains a beacon of rationality. Unlike the U.S., which is completely captured by Big Tech, the Russian government is not playing around with Twitter.

Allum Bokhari of Breitbart News reported that the Russian goverment will kick Twitter out of the country if the “platform does not remove illegal content, including child pornography, information on committing suicide, and drug-related content.”

Vadim Subbotin is the deputy head of Roskomnadzor — the Russian  equivalent of the FCC — asserted that Twitter was not responding to Roskomnadzor’s requests to take down illegal content in a timely manner. He delivered an ultimatum to the social media juggernaut: remove the illicit content or get booted from the country in a month. 

“Twitter is not reacting to our requests as they should. If the situation carries on then it will be blocked in a month without a court order,” Subbotin commented.

In the meantime, Twitter is being sued in Russia for its alleged failure to delete content that encourages children to take part in anti-Putin protests. 

There are some remarkable things about social media politics in Russia that Bokhari highlighted:

Both the Russian government and jailed opposition leader Alexei Navalny, widely considered to be the most prominent anti-Putin dissident in the country, have expressed concern about Silicon Valley’s interference in politics.

The Russian government has been an outspoken opponent of Big Tech censorship. Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov even criticized social media platforms for unpersoning Donald Trump after the January 6 storming of the capitol, declaring that Big Tech’s behavior is unconstitutional.

Since the Soviet collapse, Russia has taken an interesting turn. It has emerged as a “civilization state”, which defines itself as a distinctive civilization that requires political institutions that are reflective of its own unique culture. Due to the multipolarity that has rapidly surfaced across the globe, new countries are entering the world stage and explicitly laying out their interests which often do not sit well with neoliberal foreign policy commissars. 

Russia is blazing a path that some Western countries should take note of. Clearly, they won’t be able to adopt all of its policies, but countries like the U.S. could learn a thing or two about it.

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