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Parody Twitter Account Blocked in Russia
3.05.2015 14:48
Parody Twitter Account Blocked in Russia

Russia's communications watchdog, Roscomnadzor, has taken a decision to block a comic Twitter account parodying Igor Sechin, a head of an oil giant Rosneft and a close ally of Vladimir Putin, in accordance with a freshly accepted law.

      The “IgorSechinEvilTween” account's creator have received a Twitter Receipt of Comlaint, which, however, didn't clarify why the account has to be blocked inside Russia. The parody account is mainly filled with jokes about the current political and economical situation in Russia. It now has over 27,000 followers.

      Twitter’s official representative in Russia, Alexey Shelestenko, said he knows nothing about the reason for blocking the parody account in Russia, but denied that it was made on Twitter’s own initiative.

      Twitter’s terms of service require parody accounts to be clearly presented as not real persons, so the followers don't mistake these accounts for the real thing.

      However, even if the the fake Sechin account violated this policy, it would've been suspended from Twitter worldwide, rather than blocked in a single country.

      Roskomnadzor’s spokesman Vadim Ampelonsky said the account was blocked, because it violated Sechin’s personal data. Ampelonsky did not specify if it was Sechin himself to register the complaint.

Author: Julia Alieva

Tags: Twitter Roscomnadzor Igor Sechin   

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