"Twitter's global prospects as a company are contingent on
succeeding in markets around the world," Mr. Crowell said. "We've
been -- particularly over the last 18 months -- growing
internationally to catch up to where the service and the brand
outleaped the size of the company a few years back."
The site is targeting Russia, the world's sixth-biggest country
by internet audience, even as President Vladimir Putin signed laws
this year to tighten control over bloggers and urge foreign
companies to store users data locally. Google is relocating its
engineering team away from the country that faces a recession after
its currency plunged to a record low against the U.S. dollar.
Twitter is complying with Russian government requests to block
access to illegal content in the same manner as it does elsewhere,
Mr. Crowell said. It's too early to comment on a law requiring
companies to store user data locally as it won't come into force
for another year, he said.
The Russian blogger law equates online writers with 3,000 or
more readers as media outlets, making them and their hosts liable
for content and subject to regulation. Twitter is working with
regulator Roskomnadzor about ways to comply with the rule, Mr.
Twitter had 10.1 million Russian users as of July compared with
10.5 million at Facebook, according to research by ComScore Inc.
Moscow-based Mail.ru Group's social networks VKontakte and
Odnoklassniki had 59 million and 53 million users respectively,
ComScore data shows.