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Did you wish Twitter happy birthday? Social media site turns nine

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By Newsgram Staff Writer

How many people can you engage if you are only allowed to speak 140 words?  Those who are on Twitter, know that in such a case, sky is the limit.

Twitter which started on March 21, 2006 and has more than 284 million users worldwide, has turned into a preadolescent 9 year old today.

Started as an SMS service called ‘Twttr’,  to communicate with a small group by a New York University undergrad Jack Dorsey, it has come a long way from there. Today Twitter is not only used by a major chunk of the world population but also used by organizations, including Governments to break news to people. From India’s PMO to NASA all are using Twitter as the next generation communication tool.

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Social Media Giants Facebook, Twitter Face Action From Russia Over Legal Violations

After no responses, the agency said that "Roskomnadzor begins administrative proceedings against both companies", reported The Wall Street Journal

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This photo shows a Facebook app icon on a smartphone in New York. VOA

Accusing Facebook and Twitter of defying the law of the land, the Russian government has opened legal proceedings against the social media giants for not complying to local data protection laws.

According to a report in RT.com late Monday, Roskomnadzor, the Russian censorship agency, said that Facebook and Twitter failed to comply with a law requiring all servers that store personal data to be located in the country.

“The tech giants instead handed ‘formal answers’ to the authorities’ previous inquiries. The agency also pledged to take legal action against the internet companies,” said the report.

Russian privacy laws require foreign online service providers to store users’ personal data on servers located within the country.

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Twitter on a smartphone device. Pixabay

“Facebook and Twitter are reportedly negotiating the issue with Russian authorities, as the companies have not yet moved their servers to Russia,” added the report.

Roskomnadzor sent letters to Facebook and Twitter on December 17, giving them 30 days to provide “a legally valid response”.

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After no responses, the agency said that “Roskomnadzor begins administrative proceedings against both companies”, reported The Wall Street Journal. (IANS)