Russian President Signed a Law Banning Censorship in Internet
OREANDA-NEWS. Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a law aimed at combating censorship from foreign Internet platforms in relation to materials from Russian media. The text of the law is published on the official portal of legal information.
According to the document, Federal Service for Supervision of Communications, Information Technology and Mass Media will be able to block Internet resources that restrict significant information on the territory of the Russian Federation on the basis of nationality, language, origin, property and official status, profession, place of residence and work, attitude to religion and in connection with the introduction foreign states of political or economic sanctions against Russia or the country’s citizens. It is noted that the blocking may follow “discrimination against the materials of the Russian media.”
The law could potentially be applied against popular social networks. The authors in the explanatory note to the law mention that Twitter, Facebook and YouTube were among the portals that blocked information from Russian media in 2020.