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The State Duma passed a law to block Facebook, YouTube and Twitter for moderating posts in Russian media

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The bill introduces the status of the owner of an information resource involved in "violations of the fundamental rights and freedoms of man and citizen of Russia"

The State Duma adopted in the final, third reading a law allowing blocking of social networks and services for what the Russian authorities consider censorship of the Russian media. The document was submitted to parliament on November 19 and adopted urgently.

The bill introduces the status of the owner of an information resource involved in "violations of the fundamental rights and freedoms of man and citizen of Russia". If the website is recognized as a violator of rights and freedoms by the Prosecutor General’s Office, in agreement with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Roskomnadzor is allowed to block it completely or partially..

Earlier, Roskomnadzor has already criticized the social networks YouTube, Facebook and Twitter for applying general rules of moderation to Russian publications. The agency censored YouTube’s age restrictions for the film "Russia-1" about the seizure of the school in Beslan. Criticized "more frequent cases" markings and warnings for videos posted on the service. Demanding to return the program of TV presenter Vladimir Solovyov to YouTube trends.

A separate vote on Wednesday passed in the third reading a law on fines for Internet providers and websites for refusing to delete information prohibited in Russia at the request of Roskomnadzor. Foreign sites are proposed to be fined up to one-fifth of the proceeds of the annual turnover.The State Duma passed a law to block Facebook, YouTube and Twitter for moderating posts in Russian media In the case of international companies, such fines can reach hundreds of millions and billions of dollars. How the Russian state will try to collect this money from foreign companies is not specified.

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