Russian court fines Twitter over failure to delete content

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FILE PHOTO: A 3D-printed Twitter logo displayed in front of Russian flag is seen in this illustration picture

MOSCOW (Reuters) - A Russian court on Friday fined Twitter 3.2 million roubles ($42,011.29) over its failure to delete what the authorities said was banned content.

Moscow said last month it had slowed the speed of U.S.-based Twitter inside Russia and on March 16 threatened to ban the social media service outright in a month over content ranging from child pornography to drug abuse.

There was no immediate comment from Twitter. It said earlier that it was worried about the impact on free speech of the Russian action, and denied that it allowed its platform to be used to promote illegal behaviour as alleged by Russian authorities.

($1 = 76.1750 roubles)

(Reporting by Maria Vasilyeva; Writing by Gabrielle Tétrault-Farber; Editing by Mark Heinrich)