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Russia wants Facebook, Twitter, YouTube censorship

While many of us thrive on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube, Russian officials want to block content on those sites that they consider to be illegal or harmful to children.

The country's communications regulators have requested that all three popular networks remove material deemed objectionable, the New York Times reported. Google-owned YouTube, however, has apparently resisted those requests.

The child protection law, which took effect in November, allows a Russian regulatory agency known as Roskomnadzor to blacklist "illegal" websites pedaling suicide, drug use, "extremist" propaganda, or other content contrary to the Russian government.

The bill was approved in July after it was altered slightly in an effort to placate those opposed. Immediate blacklisting only occurs for sites with images of child abuse or content that promotes drugs or suicide.

According to the Times, Facebook removed a page that Roskomnadzor had flagged its connection to suicide. The social network had until Sunday to comply or risk being blocked in Russia, but the Times said Facebook agreed that the page was inappropriate and removed it.

Twitter also removed five posts last month that appeared to be related to illegal drugs and suicide, the Times said.

Neither company immediately responded to request for comment.

Google-owned YouTube, however, has pushed back on the takedown requests. The video-sharing site did eventually comply with the Roskomnadzor's order to block a video that allegedly promoted suicide, but it later sued, arguing that the video was intended for entertainment.

Google did not immediately respond to a request for comment.