It became known about the entry into force of amendments to the law “On information, information technology and information protection”, in accordance with which social networks must delete posts with obscene language. The text of the bill approved by the State Duma, which entered into force on February 1, is published in the electronic database.
The amendments made to the legislation should protect the rights of Russians on the Internet, which also underlines the definition of a social network. By it, the law means a site, web page or application that allows users to create personal pages and distribute information in Russian or the languages of the peoples of Russia. In addition, such a platform should be visited per day by at least 500 thousand people located in the country.
Thus, the owners of social networks must now monitor user-generated content in order to detect child pornography, information about drugs and methods of committing suicide, online casino advertising and online sale of alcohol. Social networks are also obliged to block calls for riots, participation in illegal rallies and extremism, persuading minors to commit illegal acts, as well as fake messages. Blocking is subject to messages that offend human dignity and public morality, expressing clear disrespect for society, the state and the Constitution.
As for the sanctions for social networks that refuse to remove prohibited content, they are provided for by another law, which entered into force on January 10. In accordance with this law, for failure to comply with Roskomnadzor’s requirements to remove prohibited content, the social network can be fined from 800 thousand to 4 million rubles.
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