The Russian government warned Twitter that if the company does not remove content about suicide, drugs, and child pornography from its platform, it will block the Russian Twitter service, the Daily Mail reported.

Vadim Subbotin, deputy head of Roskomnadzor (Russia’s federal agency in charge of media monitoring), said Tuesday that the ban would go into effect unless Twitter complied with the Putin government’s demands.

“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 said.

Last week, Roskomandzor threatened Twitter with a reduction in Internet speed if it did not comply with the demands.

In his efforts to combat child pornography, Vladimir Putin signed a series of laws giving Russia new powers to restrict U.S. social networking giants.

Other countries with conservatives governments, such as Poland and Hungary, passed similar laws to restrict social network censorship.

Although some critics point out that Putin’s real intention is to censor his opponent Alexei Navalny who is a regular user of social networks, Putin’s government’s demands are based on country-specific laws that prohibit this type of content on the Internet.

Recently, Navalny posted photos of an alleged castle that he claims Putin built on the Black Sea coast funded from embezzled state funds.

Navalny’s posts triggered massive protests in Russia against Putin, and allegedly, this is why the government wants to decommission Twitter.

However, Twitter has a history of hosting pornographic material and sexual abuse of minors. Even users who post this type of content have advertisements from which they can profit.

In January of this year, a young teenager bitterly disappointed to learn that a sex video of him, which he was blackmailed into recording when he was 13 years old, was posted on Twitter, and many people he knew had seen it.

Twitter repeatedly refused to take the video down because it “did not violate its policies,” a clear stance by the company on child sexual abuse.

However, Twitter said that it was concerned about the impact on free speech in Russia, noting the reason it does not comply with the Putin government’s demands.

Again, the Silicon Valley giant’s track record belies its public statements.

In July 2020, Twitter censored America’s Frontline Doctors for posting a video where they claimed that hydroxychloroquine was the cure for the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) virus or COVID-19.

In October 2020, Twitter suspended Dr. Scott Atlas’s account for claiming that face masks are ineffective against the CCP virus.

In January of this year, Twitter and Facebook indefinitely suspended former President Donald Trump’s account for claiming no transparency in the election process.

If Twitter’s concern is freedom of speech, why did it censor the hydroxychloroquine video, why did it censor Dr. Atlas, and finally Trump?

Besides allowing perverse content such as the abuse of a child, Twitter has shown no interest in protecting free speech. In fact, it has become an icon of unconscionable censorship against conservative voices.