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Russia to block Twitter, YouTube, and Facebook if they censor authority’s content

Russia’s lower house said that these global companies could also be labelled in the event of discrimination against the content of Russian media”

The drafted legislation has the right to mute any podiums if they are found guilty of limiting information based on language and nationality

The American global giants such as Google, Twitter, Amazon, Facebook, and YouTube have been surrounded by controversy from various parts of the world such as Britain, U.S, and Australia related to antitrust cases and dominance of power. This time, the Russian government stepped in to block Twitter, YouTube, and Facebook if they censor any content produced by the Russian authorities and the government.

The drafted legislation by the Russian lower house of parliament mentioned in a press conference that the Russian government has the right to mute any podiums if they are found guilty of limiting information based on language and nationality. 

Russia’s lower house, the state Duma or ‘Gosduma’ said that these global companies could also be labelled “in the event of discrimination against the content of Russian media”, according to a report by Agence France-Presse. According to the bill’s note, Russian authorities stated that they are constantly getting complaints from the Russian media that these U.S. based international firms are censoring their accounts.

According to some reports, the American tech giants unleashed labels for state-affiliated media outlets. After the lower house’s approval, the bills need to be signed by President Vladimir Putin in the upper house Federation of Council. 

Under the semblance of controlling online extremism, the Kremlin increased its efforts to control the internet of the Russian segment. The Russian regulators back in 2018 have ordered Telegram to be blocked, although it ended during the first half of this year.

In fact, Google was fined last week by the Moscow court for running banned content by the Russian government. Facebook and Twitter were also fined by the same court in February for violating a Russian law requiring them to store Russian citizens’ user data inside the country.

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