Russia can block US social media platforms
Russia can block US social media platforms

Russia appears to want to block US social media platforms because members of the Russian parliament introduced a bill on Thursday that would allow the government (if passed) to restrict access to these platforms.

American social media platforms are believed to be discriminating against Russian media.

These editors mainly belong to the ruling United Russia party and have received complaints from local authorities such as Russia Today, RIA Novosti, and Crimea 24 regarding the blocking or classification of Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube accounts. .

In August, Twitter began classifying the accounts of several Russian media outlets as state media. Along with reports from high-ranking Russian media and some senior government officials, Russia condemned the move at the time.

The memorandum attached to the document states that the urgent need to pass the law is due to the numerous restrictions imposed on Russian citizens' access to information in the Russian media about some Internet resources (including those outside recorded Internet resources from Russia).

In order for the law to enter into force, it must first be approved by the State Duma, the lower house of the Russian parliament, then approved by the upper house of parliament and signed by the president. (Vladimir Putin).

According to the project, the Russian Attorney General and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs have identified platforms restricting access to important social information on the basis of nationality, language, or in relation to sanctions imposed on Russia or its citizens. .

The project states that Roskomnadzor, the Communications Control Authority (Roskomnadzor), has the ability to block all or part of these platforms.

According to information released in February, Russia has long tried to tighten controls over the use of the Internet on its territory, and the Federal Security Bureau (FSB) has hired some of the country's leading internet companies to provide continuous access to their systems.

The Russian court ruled that Russia violated the database, approved in 2015, which requires that all data on Russian citizens be stored in the country. Therefore, Russia has banned LinkedIn, Microsoft's business communication platform.

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