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    Online censorship in Russia

    LiveJournal, a blog community that’s hosted a lot of science fiction authors and fans (including George RR Martin), has officially banned “political solicitation”— which can mean anything that criticizes the Russian government, as well as pro-LGBTQ discussions. There are also concerns users can be subject to Russian spying.

    The service grew in popularity as a social network in the early 2000s, especially among former members of SFF Net. LiveJournal’s popularity shrank with the rise of social networks like Facebook and Snapchat, and it was bought by a Russian company in 2007. However, since the servers were based in the United States, users weren’t subject to Russian censorship. Until now.

    In December, the servers were relocated to Russia, and earlier this week the user agreements were changed to prohibit “post[ing] advertising and/or political solicitation materials unless otherwise directly specified in a separate agreement between User and the Administration,” or “perform[ing] any other actions contradictory to the laws of the Russian Federation.” In addition, any blogs that get over 3,000 visitors per days are now classified as media outlets, so they can no longer publish anonymously, use obscene language or share “extremist materials.” The new agreement is designed to put the site in compliance with Russia’s internet laws, which are subject to extreme censorship under the guise of protecting children.

    The term “political solicitation” can be open to interpretation, as some have argued it’s not an exact term in Russian federal law. In the past, similar phrases have been used to condemn conversations about LGBTQ issues as “gay propaganda,” as well as prevent people from sharing the image of Putin as a clown in makeup. Specifically, in this case, the Washington Times mentioned how the Russian government censored five websites that were calling for a mass protest, including a LiveJournal posting. This happened two days before the updated rules were put in place.

    There’s also a big concern about data and privacy. Critics have claimed the user agreement puts users at risk of having their data accessible to Russian intelligence, in accordance with anti-terrorism legislation. The agreement does say it’s not subject to federal laws requiring companies to store personal data on their users, but plenty of other information can be subject to observation and scrutiny... and that’s not even going into Russian cyber espionage.

    It’s unclear whether users in Russia can face prosecution from the government for violating the terms of the agreement (although it looks like they can), but anyone outside of the country isn’t subject to the Russian legal bindings. However, they can be kicked off LiveJournal at any time for not complying with the new agreement.
    Russian-Owned LiveJournal Bans Political Talk, Adds Risk of Spying

    I think the beginning of Putin tightening the screws on Internet was back in 2014, when Pavel Durov, CEO and founder of VKontakte, Russia's analogue of Facebook, fled the country, and his social network was taken over by Putin's crony oligarchs: Russia's VKontakte CEO says he was fired, flees Russia | Reuters

    Since then, that site was purged of any groups and pages the government doesn't like.

    After that, it's been ramping up every year. Now, it's LiveJournal's turn... Many prominent dissidents and activists and such have pages on LJ... I am sure the Kremlin had wanted to strangle that for years.

    In other Russia-related news, here is an interesting article about their activities in Nicaragua: Russia Again Plants Its Flag In Nicaragua, Stirring Fears In US - NDTV.com
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    " garbage post "

    * whining *

    wtf???
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    Quote Originally Posted by The Man View Post
    wtf???
    Obviously you missed the World Politics sub-forum .

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    Quote Originally Posted by Monk-Eye View Post
    " Know Wondering "

    * Static Interference *


    Obviously you missed the World Politics sub-forum .
    I don't even understand what you are trying to say to me here...

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Man View Post
    I don't even understand what you are trying to say to me here...
    Your lack of understanding is clear .

    The thread is not a poll and it does not even propose a question .

    The thread does not comply with requirements for initiating a thread .

    The picture is my current guess for the meaning of a censored russian .
    Last edited by Monk-Eye; 9th April 2017 at 10:38 AM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Monk-Eye View Post
    " Questionably Playing Ignorant "

    * Obfuscation Games *

    Your lack of understanding is clear .

    The thread is not a poll and it does not even propose a question .

    The thread does not comply with requirements for initiating a thread .

    The thread is intentional interference .
    Oh, yeah. Crap. I did post this in the wrong section. I must have miss-clicked... Shit...

    @Djinn, since you seem to be online right now, if its not too much trouble, maybe move this to World Politics, where it belongs, thanks
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    Russian children under the age of 14 could soon be banned from signing up to social networks online, thanks to a new bill submitted to the Russian parliament on Monday.

    The bill, submitted by ultra-conservative Russian lawmaker Vitaly Milonov, would require users to submit their passport details before creating an account.

    The legislation also hopes to ban the use of pseudonyms and set out strict rules requiring two-party consent before publishing screenshots of online correspondence, Russian news website Meduza reported.

    Milonov, who also pioneered Russia's infamous "gay propaganda law" in 2013, said that the virtual domain needed to be better regulated.

    “Social networks create a special virtual world where a person spends significant part of their life, contacting other people and essentially doing everything that they would do in real world. This [virtual] world can't be left unregulated by law. Especially now, when growing number of users are falling victim to different types of fraud,” the bill reads.

    Just under two-thirds of Russians (62 percent) support the ban on social networks for children, while 39 percent supported using passport data to create an online account, a poll by the state-funded pollster VTsIOM revealed Monday.

    Social media has come under increasing scrutiny in Russia in recent months, with lawmakers and parents raising concerns on the existence of various "death groups:" online communities on Russian social network VKontakte which reportedly encourage teenagers to take their own lives.
    New Russian Bill Hopes to Ban Social Networks for Children Under 14

    The part about people having to provide their passport data is certainly concerning...

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    Russia's media censor, Roskomnadzor, says Twitter has agreed to the transfer its Russian users' data to Russian servers by mid-2018.

    In a press statement, Roskomnadzor said the agency's chief, Alexander Zharov, has received confirmation from Twitter communications head Sinead McSweeney that the company is currently “in the process of determining what information about Russian citizens and organizations in commercial relations with Twitter in Russia can be stored in the Russian Federation."

    McSweeney's letter reportedly states that Twitter "will be able to send this data to Russia by mid-2018 and notify [Roskomnadzor] about it by that time."

    In September 2015, Russia passed a law that requires Internet companies to store Russian users' personal data on localized servers. In November last year, the business social network LinkedIn was accused of violating this law and was subsequently blocked in Russia.

    Twitter refused to comment on these plans to The Moscow Times.
    Twitter Reportedly Caves to Russian Censors, Will Possibly Move Data to Russian Servers

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