Twitter has restricted content from more than 300 Russian government officials.
The microblogging platform made the decision in light of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, and the sanctions also apply to Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Twitter has confirmed that these blacklisted accounts will no longer be recommended in timelines or notifications.
More broadly, Twitter warned it would restrict access to “the open internet while engaged in armed conflict”.
The social media platform acknowledged that it could not allow Russian government officials to post freely on Twitter, while the site is restricted in Russia.
Twitter warned that the situation “creates a detrimental informational imbalance”.
Yoel Roth, head of site integrity at Twitter, discussed the company’s approach to Russia amid the ongoing conflict in Ukraine.
Yoel said: “When a government engaged in armed conflict blocks or limits access to online services in its country, while it itself continues to use those same services to advance its positions and view, it creates a detrimental informational imbalance.”
He also denied that Twitter’s response was retaliatory.
He explained: “To be clear, this is not a ‘tit-for-tat’ policy, where if you block Twitter you are de-amplified by Twitter – this app will happen whether Twitter is blocked or not.”