Facebook, Twitter, YouTube soon to be blocked in Russia over ‘censorship’


Russian lawmakers on Wednesday took a step closer to allowing regulators to block Internet platforms such as Facebook and YouTube if they felt Russian-produced content was censored.

Russia’s lower house of parliament, which passed the draft law in the third reading, said in a press release that officials could target the platforms if it found that it limited information based on nationality and language.

The lower house of the State Duma said that Internet sites could be sanctioned “if discriminated against Russian media content”.

In a detailed note attached to the bill, the authors wrote that this year the authorities were receiving complaints from the Russian media that their accounts had been “censored” by foreign Internet platforms. Twitter, Facebook, And YouTube“.

Earlier this year US tech giants introduced labels for state-affiliated media companies.

The law must now be approved by the Upper House Federation Council before the President Vladimir Putin Signs into law the steps that are considered formal.

In recent years, the Kremlin has intensified its efforts to control the Russian section of the Internet under the guise of combating online terrorism.

In 2018, regulators ordered an encrypted messenger service Telegram Those efforts should have been thwarted even after those co-founders Pavel Durov reported earlier this year on the measures taken to counter terrorism.

A Moscow court last week imposed a fine Google The latest in a series of growing fines for failing to remove banned online content by Russian authorities.

In February, a Moscow court fined Twitter and Facebook for ignoring Russian law requiring the storage of consumer data of Russian citizens in the country.

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