Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said that officials who make statements about the closure of social networking sites should "sometimes use their brain," adding that everyone has to observe Russian legislation.
"As an active user of social networking sites, I believe that everyone, both sites and users, should observe Russian legislation. However, some officials who are in charge of the development of the industry should sometimes use their brain and not give interviews announcing the closure of social networking sites," Medvedev said on Facebook.
Access to Twitter could be blocked throughout Russia, Federal Service for Supervision in Telecom, Information Technologies and Mass Communications (Roskomnadzor) Deputy Chief Maxim Ksenzov has said in an interview with the Izvestiya (News) newspaper.
"We can block Twitter or Facebook in Russia within several minutes tomorrow. We do not see big risks in this. If at some point we assess that the consequences from turning off the social networks will be less significant in comparison with the damage that the unconstructive stance of international companies' executives inflicts on Russian society, we will do what we are obliged to do by law," Ksenzov said.
No one talked about blocking access to social networks, Ksenzov said in an interview with Interfax later on Friday. The words regarding possibly blocking Twitter are an attempt to warn the social network's leadership verbally, Ksenzov said.
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