Russia’s Twitter Slowdown Gets the Meme Treatment

The Russian internet was flooded with memes once again after Russia’s communications watchdog announced it will slow down Twitter within the country in an effort to force it to comply with requests to delete “illegal” content.

Yet despite Roskomnadzor’s announcement, Twitter continued to work as normal on Wednesday — while many government websites briefly went dark.

Here’s a look at the potentially precedent-setting news through the lens of memes:

“Twitter after being slowed down.”

Твиттер после того, как его замедлили— Столото (@stoloto) March 10, 2021

Several memes attempted to capture the essence of internet karma, but this one came pretty close. 

The first picture lists the government websites that went offline shortly after Roskomnadzor’s announcement. The second one shows a soldier yelling at his partner that he’s shooting in the wrong direction.— Никотинка с Бровями (@Yoghikitt) March 10, 2021

If slow Twitter is as lovable as the sloth from Zootopia, maybe this won’t be so bad.

Russian Internet users

Twitter— Russian Memes United (@RussianMemesLtd) March 10, 2021

“Roskomnadzor slows down Twitter, but the block boomerangs back to them: Photo in color. #TwitterInRussia”

Роскомнадзор замедляет Твиттер, но блокировка отрикошетила в них, фото в цвете#Twitter_в_России— Твитанутая, ок? (@DedSandvich) March 10, 2021

In a jab at the slow internet connectivity seen in Russia’s small towns and remote regions, this tweet reads: “Roskomnadzor slows down Twitter speed in Russia so Russians who fall short of modern speeds can feel at home here.”

Роскомнадзор замедлил скорость Twitter в России, чтобы неуспевающие за современными скоростями россияне могли чувствовать себя здесь, как дома— Алексей Иванов (@MestnyiJitel) March 10, 2021

“Video-fact: Roskomnadzor slowing down Twitter.” 

Видеофакт: Роскомнадзор замедляет работу Твиттера 😂— Вернем Все Взад 🇺🇸󠁵󠁳󠁨󠁩󠁿🇺🇦🇬🇪⬜🟥⬜+25% (@USSRComeBack) March 10, 2021

“— What is this social network?

— This is Russian Twitter, 7 hours here equal 1 hour in real life.” 

– Что это за соцсеть?
– Это twitter в России, 7 часов здесь равно 1 часу реальной жизни— За все хорошее (@onepunchkek) March 10, 2021

(c) The Moscow Times


  • “Yet despite Roskomnadzor’s announcement, Twitter continued to work as normal on Wednesday — while many government websites briefly went dark.”

    ….and Russia are going to disconnect from the WWW, and connect to RussWeb? That should be interesting!

    Liked by 3 people

  • Twitter is garbage, no doubt. But it’s hilarious to see how the US now is fucking RuSSia.

    Liked by 4 people

    • Yeah, seems a coincidence that the US said they were going to target Russia for this Solar Winds hacking. Now Russia can’t access their own government websites. I hope this is just a start.

      Liked by 3 people

      • onlyfactsplease

        So do I!
        “The first major move is expected over the next three weeks, officials said, with a series of clandestine actions across Russian networks that are intended to be evident to President Vladimir V. Putin and his intelligence services and military but not to the wider world.”

        Liked by 3 people

  • onlyfactsplease

    Hardy, har, har!

    Liked by 3 people

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