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Russia passes law to ‘block’ social media that censor Russian content

On Wednesday, December 23, the Russian parliament adopted a law aimed at blocking sites which allow "censorship" or "discrimination" against Russian content.

Published: December 24, 2020, 4:26 am

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    The law aims to sanction “the limitations of access to information for reasons related to nationality, language, or origin,” reported RTL. It would make possible the total or partial blocking of sites which allow it.

    Better still, the Russian parliamentarians made it clear that discrimination against “Russian media” is also concerned. This directly targets the major American social networks, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. The latter, in 2020, “discriminated against” the Russian media more than twenty times, in particular via their famous warning labels.

    This law testifies to the will of the Russian authorities to increase its power over the Russian Internet, which it hopes to be able to make more sovereign, and more independent of the big American firms.

    According to RTL’s information, Google, Facebook and Twitter have already been fined in recent years. In particular, the refusal of these companies to remove content “banned by the Russian authorities” had displeased Moscow.

    Earlier in the year, the two networks with the blue logo also had to pay a fine of 58 000 euros: They had failed to comply with a Russian law requiring the storage of user data directly on Russian territory.

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