Facebook, Twitter, YouTube May Soon Get Blocked in Russia Over ‘Censorship’


Lawmakers in Russia are thinking of allowing regulators to block social media platforms Facebook and Twitter and Google-owned video streaming platform YouTube if they find that these platforms have been censoring the content posted by Russian citizens.


A draft legislation for this issue has been passed in the lower house of the Russian parliament. The parliament released a statement saying that the authorities would have the power to target internet-based platforms upon finding them to be limiting information based on language as well as nationality. Russia has been stepping up its efforts to control the Russian content on the internet in recent years, supposedly to “combat online extremism”.

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