Russian senator claims Twitter manifests weakness after it bans RT and Sputnik adverts

Russian senator claims Twitter manifests weakness after it bans RT and Sputnik adverts

A Russian senator has said Twitter is weak

Friday, October 27, 2017

A Russian senator has accused Twitter of manifesting "weakness" and claimed "censorship and bans" are not democratic. 

He made the comments as Twitter announced yesterday (October 26) that accounts owned by Sputnik and RT would no longer be allowed to advertise on the social media site.

This is due to claims about their alleged interference in the recent Presidential election, according to Sputnik News

The Russian senator claimed this ban is "censorship" and said "if they can't comment on the situation competently or push back against the activities that they consider wrong they just refuse to cooperate with two of our media outlets. I think it's a manifestation of weakness."

Igor Chernyshenko also said that with any project or case a ban will never "lead to positive results" and suggested "as a rule, it is a step backward or away."

He added: "It is always better to have an open dialogue with comments, opinions than simply ban publication…censorship and bans are not signs of democracy."

Twitter has said that since 2011 it has made roughly $1.9 million (£1.5 million) from hosting adverts for RT. 

The management of Twitter is also set to testify in front of the US House committee about the alleged Russian interference in the Presidential election last year. 

Other websites are also expected to testify including Google and Facebook. 

Officials from Russia have denied interference in the election several times. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov has also said the country has no intention of meddling in the internal affairs of foreign states.