X says it briefly suspended Yulia Navalnaya's social media account due to error

Yulia Navalnaya, the widow of Alexei Navalny, reacts on the day of a meeting of European Union foreign ministers in Brussels, Belgium February 19, 2024. REUTERS/Yves Herman/Pool

MOSCOW (Reuters) -The X account of Yulia Navalnaya, widow of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, was briefly suspended on Tuesday due to what the social media company said was an error caused by a system to prevent manipulation and spam.

"Our platform's defence mechanism against manipulation and spam mistakenly flagged @yulia_navalnaya as violating our rules," X said in a statement.

"We unsuspended the account as soon as we became aware of the error, and will be updating the defence."

Navalnaya, who has said she wants to continue her late husband's political struggle against President Vladimir Putin, opened the account on Monday.

It has so far attracted more than 150,000 followers and a video statement she posted on it on Monday has been viewed nearly 5 million times.

(Reporting by Reuters; Writing by Guy FaulconbridgeEditing by Andrew Osborn and Peter Graff)

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