Russia strengthens censorship campaign, puts pressure on tech giants

On February 16, a Roskomnadzor official said companies that fail to comply by the end of the month will face penalties. In addition to fines and the potential for downtime or machine slowdowns, penalties can disrupt ad sales, search engine operations, data collection and payments, by law.

“For those companies that have not started the ‘landing’ procedure, we will consider the matter of applying the measures before the end of this month,” Vadim Subbotin, deputy head of Roskomnadzor, told the Russian parliament, according to the Russian parliament. Russian media.

Human rights and freedom of expression groups say they are disappointed that some tech companies, often seen inside Russia as having little regard for the government, have complied with the law without objections. general public.

Joanna Szymanska, an expert on Russia’s internet censorship efforts at Article 19, said: “The ulterior motive behind the passage of the landing law was to create a legal basis for widespread online censorship by how to silence remaining dissenting voices and threaten freedom of expression online.” Social group based in London.

Mr. Chikov, who has represented companies including Telegram in cases against the Russian government, said he met with Facebook last year to discuss policies towards Russia. Facebook executives, he said, sought advice on whether to pull out of Russia, including cutting off access to Facebook and Instagram. Instead, the company complied with the law.

Mr. Chikov called on tech companies to speak out against Russia’s request, even if it leads to a ban, to set a broader precedent for fighting censorship.

“There was a time when the big tech companies took the lead in not only technology but also civil liberties, freedom of expression and privacy,” he said. “Now they behave like large transnational corporations securing their business interests.”

Anton Troianovski and Oleg Matsnev contribution report.

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/02/26/technology/russia-censorship-tech.html Russia strengthens censorship campaign, puts pressure on tech giants

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