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The Russian communications watchdog Roskomnadzor has ordered Twitter to store details of its Russian users in data centres located in Russia.
If Twitter does not comply, Roskomnadzor has the power to impose fines and even block the site.
Twitter has so far refused to comment on the issue.
This isn’t the first time that Roskomnadzor and Twitter have been at loggerheads.
Earlier this year, Roskomnadzor demanded to know why Twitter had not released any account holders’ details in response to 108 such requests from the Russian government, despite complying with 80% of requests from the US government.
Its latest demand, that Twitter host information about Russian users on Russia soil, has caused concern amongst human rights groups that the Russian government is trying to exert even more control over the internet in the country.