15 octoberRSS Print
More than three thousand materials prohibited in Russia are available on Google services
According to members of the Civic Chamber of the Russian Federation profile Commission
The Civic Chamber of the Russian Federation reported more than three thousand materials containing content deemed as illegal for distribution on the territory of the Russian Federation.
They were identified on Google services by the Safe Internet League monitoring group. These illegal materials are freely available; the relevant information gathered has been transferred to Roskomnadzor.
Google and its affiliated services, in particular YouTube, are pursuing a cloudy policy of moderating and restricting access to legal content in Russia, which in fact violates the rights of Russian users. What is happening has caused concern on the part of social activists.
“We are concerned about content management practices by IT giants. In their resistance to come to constructive dialogue and establish interaction, they have allowed the dissemination of prohibited and potentially dangerous content on the territory of the Russian Federation,” noted Ekaterina Mizulina, member of the Commission of the Civic Chamber of the Russian Federation on Development of Information Community, Mass Media and Communications. “According to our data, about 40 million Russian users (eight million of whom are children) are daily affected by destructive content. But Western Internet platforms do not seem to mind. How else can we explain the fact that Google is unwilling to remove more than three thousand videos containing calls to violence and other destructive information?”
“Without a doubt, IT giants have all the necessary mechanisms for content moderation, but they use them, most likely, proceeding solely from their own interests,” said Artem Kiryanov, member of the Civic Chamber of the Russian Federation. “The behavior of foreign Internet platforms is due to their monopoly status, as a result, they have no fear of losing users. Today they are, in fact, supranational organizations, and they do not hide their reckless disregard towards Russian legislation, allowing themselves to ignore all the instructions of the authorities and carry out selective blocking of accounts without explanation, thereby infringing upon the rights and freedoms of certain users. Of course, these actions cannot be left unanswered,” he added.
The policy of moderating foreign social platforms has alarmed not only Russia, but the entire world community in view of the fact that such actions have acquired clear features of political censorship.
“The policy of double standards and unfair censorship — this is what we constantly encounter on Western Internet websites, and we must do something about this,” said Alexander Malkevich, First Deputy Chairman of the Commission of the Civic Chamber of the Russian Federation on Development of Information Community, Mass Media and Communications. “In the near future, the Tagansky District Court of Moscow will hear a case against Google related to the blocking of the documentary film ‘Beslan’ on YouTube. The authorities are already actively working to develop measures to combat the illegal actions of foreign IT giants. We will assert and defend the rights and freedoms of Russian users from the onslaught of American monopolists,” he said.
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