Ryssland hotar förbjuda utländska sociala medier

The Hill:

Russia is warning Google, Twitter and Facebook that they could be banned in the country if they don’t agree to hand over data on Russian bloggers and allow the Kremlin to block certain websites, Reuters reported.

Moscow claims failure to do so would violate Russian Internet laws that President Vladimir Putin promotes as security measures, but critics say amount to censorship.

A spokesman for Russia’s media watchdog said the three firms use encryption technology that prohibits the government from blocking sites that promote “unsanctioned protests and unrest,” which is allowed under Moscow’s Internet laws.

The laws also mandate that companies turn over data on any Russian bloggers with more than 3,000 readers per day.

Man kan ju åtminstone inte anklaga ryssarna för att försöka dölja vilket deras uppsåt är.

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