Russia threatens to block Google, Facebook and Twitter




Russia warns some US tech companies that they must comply with the legal requirement to hand over user data from popular bloggers to authorities. They do not do this, risking Google, Twitter and Facebook a blockade.

The Russian regulator Roskomnadzor has to Google, Twitter and Facebook sent letters which highlight the national legislation. It states that foreign companies are required to provide user data of bloggers who manage to reach an audience of more than three thousand readers a day. Tech companies also need to block users who call for ‘illegal’ protests and disrupting public order.

If the three tech companies do not go better stick to the Russian legislation, it threatens Roskomnadzor Google, Twitter and Facebook to block completely, so writes The Guardian. According to the regulator, this major step necessary because the traffic is encrypted.

The three tech companies have not yet responded to the letter of Roskomnadzor. However, the Russian authorities have presented, in particular at Twitter many requests to hand over user data. In the second half of 2014 was Twitter 108 requests that were rejected in all cases.

Russian President Putin has regulations regarding the regulation of the Internet considerably tightened in recent years. So can to block the prosecution websites without court intervention and popular bloggers should register. Critics say there is large-scale censorship.


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