Facebook, Twitter, Google put on notice by Russian internet authority

Facebook, Twitter, Google put on notice by Russian internet authority
Three of the most recognizable companies on the internet received official notice from Roskomnadzor, Russia’s federal overseer of communications, mass media, and information technology, which covers everything in the telecommunications and internet sector.

The agency sent letters to Google, Twitter, and Facebook reminding them to comply with legislation which requires internet companies to transmit data on Russian bloggers who have more than 3,000 readers each day, and to close down sites or pages that Roskomnadzor deems to be calling for “unsanctioned protests and unrest.”

Russia has passed a number of laws recently that critics see as nothing less than censorship. Last year, legislation was passed which now allows Russian prosecutors to block sites without a court order, and other legislation requires bloggers with large readerships must register with a government agency and have their identities verified.

Google stated in its twice-per-year transparency report that it responded to roughly 5% of 134 requests for information from the Russian government during the second half of 2014, and then only provided “some information.” Twitter said it rejected 108 requests, and Facebook declined to respond to the only two requests it received last year.

All three companies receive a great deal more requests from the US government, and have higher response rates as well, but then, all three are American companies that fall under US laws. Roskomnadzor spokesman Vadim Ampelonsky said that Google, Facebook, and Twitter all use encryption protocols that prevent the agency from blocking specific sites, which really only leaves them the option of blocking the sites entirely.

“We realize they are registered under U.S. jurisdiction. But I think in this case they should demonstrate equal respect to national legislation. [If they do not] we will need to apply sanctions,” according to Ampelonsky.

What those “sanctions” would be were not elaborated on. Since the majority of traffic on Facebook and Twitter is driven by mobile, and Android is the most prevalent mobile operating system which happens to be served by Google and its plethora of services, “sanctions” could conceivably put a damper on some folks' mobile endeavors.

source: Reuters

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25 Comments

1. PaglaKhabiKiJhnajheMoreyJabi

Posts: 8; Member since: May 22, 2015

And the cold war begins... Android iOS vs Jolla Sailfish-sibling!!!! Next World World(smartphone version!!).......

2. EngleBertZombie

Posts: 36; Member since: May 22, 2015

Cant wait for jolla to release the jolla tablet, looks amazing (this comment has nothing to do with the article. :D)

4. PaglaKhabiKiJhnajheMoreyJabi

Posts: 8; Member since: May 22, 2015

yes... it looks stunning, i admit.. not so sure about the OS though...

6. EngleBertZombie

Posts: 36; Member since: May 22, 2015

sailfish os is mainly swiping from the sides of the screen to navigate kind of like blackberry os but easier.

11. medicci37

Posts: 1361; Member since: Nov 19, 2011

Russia is more of a criminal enterprise then a state. The US really dropped the ball after the cold war

19. MikeG77

Posts: 426; Member since: Nov 24, 2008

In some respects all govenments are a criminal enterprise but i would agree with you that the US dropped the ball with Russia but it was before the cold war after WW2 where the US could have done more.

20. waddup121 unregistered

I like Putin with my Poutine

3. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

Everyone that even for a second thought to be a communist should die immediately.

7. CitizenX

Posts: 41; Member since: Jun 27, 2014

Putin. The greatest modern day leader who wont be bullied and wont bend over for the US regardless of their interfering and geo political agendas. Don't agree with all of his policies, but as far as leaders go, he is second to none.

8. OliGee

Posts: 7; Member since: May 19, 2015

He is a product of multimillion russian propaganda. Russia is a typical petrostate with no modern technology. Its economy ~10 times smaller than the US one.

9. supersume

Posts: 10; Member since: Oct 04, 2013

The keyword is 'yet'. Vladimir Putin has taken a country in economic shambles and doubled its economy. While the developed countries are economically saturated and show little growth, Russia and other developing countries still have huge untapped economic potential and can keep on having 7+% growth for the next 50 years.

15. OliGee

Posts: 7; Member since: May 19, 2015

These arguments are used by the russian propaganda. The truth is that Putin had an easy ride with the booming oil prices. Now we are seeing how the russian economy is collapsing under the drop of oil price. In general according to the russian state propaganda everything what is positive in the russian economy (and other spheres) are thanks to Putin. And everything negative is due to the West and Obama in particular.

12. medicci37

Posts: 1361; Member since: Nov 19, 2011

Putin is a degenerate bully. The world would definitely be better off if someone put a bullet in his head

18. MikeG77

Posts: 426; Member since: Nov 24, 2008

I may not agree with everything Putin or his gov't have done but you think he should die because he's degenerate bully?

21. medicci37

Posts: 1361; Member since: Nov 19, 2011

Of course he's been responsible for so many deaths not to mention all the innocent people who lose there businesses & freedom because of him. Why should someone his life be worth more than their lives?

22. Salazzi

Posts: 537; Member since: Feb 17, 2014

more lives and freedoms were lost, thanks to the US, than Russia could ever hope to do (if it were to hope for such in the first place).

23. medicci37

Posts: 1361; Member since: Nov 19, 2011

Idk if you realize it but the US is a country not a person. George Bush & his pedophile dad deserve the same

24. MikeG77

Posts: 426; Member since: Nov 24, 2008

Well i hope you don't ever run into someone that has the same mentality as yourself as they may wish the same upon you.

25. medicci37

Posts: 1361; Member since: Nov 19, 2011

Lol MikeG77. I'm from Baltimore so believe me, it happens. Killing someone to stop them from killing others is better than letting inoccent people die because a psychopath gets off on killing them. I guess we should have just left Hitler & Stalin alone & minded our business?

16. alouden unregistered

Unfortunately, too many people throughout history have followed "greatest leaders" as they led their country to ruin. I don't agree with everything the West has done either (they made serious mistakes), but Putin is interested in one thing: power. Are most Russians better off? No. As far as leaders go, don't buy that propaganda that he is that good. He is just lucky the West is unwilling to call his bluff. Oil prices are doing more damage to him that the Western militaries could. Seizing Crimea is nationally glorious, economically disastrous and politically unsettling. So he's no strategist.

10. district11

Posts: 126; Member since: Apr 17, 2011

@supersume average monthly salary in Russia in 380€ :) Russia is a second world country.

13. nebula

Posts: 1009; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

That's called sensoring. Anything that threatens so called statesecurity will be taken care of. That means less freedom of speech. Those who idealise Putin's regime as "cool" opposing force to the Western powers know its ruthless as hell regime.

14. medicci37

Posts: 1361; Member since: Nov 19, 2011

The only good thing he did was give Snowden asylum

17. Scott93274

Posts: 6040; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Never trust a government that denies its people the basic freedom of speech/expression.

26. SitiNurbaya0

Posts: 153; Member since: May 22, 2015

Welcome to Indonesia Our government ban redit & vimeo & other site that 'hurting muslim'. They ban vimeo because one of the extreme muslim party (that were the partner of ruling party) use a sexy dancer to lure voter, and the video were post on vimeo. They angry because they were one of the party that against pornography, and were exposed that they use sexy dancer. So, they ban vimeo

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