Tag: Roskomnadzor

Russian Watchdog to Audit Facebook in Second Half of 2018

Russian Watchdog to Audit Facebook in Second Half of 2018

Last Thursday, Russian communications regulator Roskomnadzor said that it will be auditing Facebook’s compliance with Russian legislation in the second half of the year. It was reported that Roskomnadzor chief Alexander Zharov had met with Facebook executives in Moscow earlier this week to discuss the social media giant’s compliance with the country’s laws. Zharov adds that Facebook has agreed to share necessary information with them during the comprehensive audit.   Source: Reuters

Google Sends Clarification to Russian Comms Watchdog on Website Rankings

Google Sends Clarification to Russian Comms Watchdog on Website Rankings

Google recently sent a letter to Russia’s communications watchdog in an attempt to clear confusion on the company’s alleged discrimination against state-backed Russia Today and Sputnik. Google told Roskomnadzor that they didn’t change their algorithm to de-rank the websites, and Dr. Eric Schmidt was referring instead to the improvement of search quality when he recently spoke of giving “less prominence” of certain web sources. The issues came to light after US intelligence agencies said that both websites were involved in spreading misinformation against Hillary Clinton in the 2016 elections. Source: Reuters

Russian Regulator to Monitor Facebook Closely for Compliance with Law

Russian Regulator to Monitor Facebook Closely for Compliance with Law

Last Wednesday, Russia’s communications regulator Roskomnadzor said that it will be checking if Facebook had been complying with Russian law. The watchdog had already threatened Facebook with a ban last September, telling it that it had to store the data of Russian citizens in servers within the country. Now, the regulator has officially stated that it will be closely supervising the administration of Facebook and its processing of Russian users’ personal information. Critics, however, considered it as just another attack on social media as the country’s government seeks to gain more control over the Internet.   Source: Reuters

Russia May Ban Facebook, WhatsApp Ban Complete with Great Firewall Upgrade

Russia May Ban Facebook, WhatsApp Ban Complete with Great Firewall Upgrade

Russia says it may completely ban Facebook starting 2018, unless the social media giant complies with the country’s privacy and user protection laws. Facebook will have to store data on servers in the country and not send them overseas. Russian privacy watchdog Roskomnadzor head Alexander Zharov says the company will be stopped from working in the Russian Federation if they fail to do so. Meanwhile, the recent upgrade to China’s Great Firewall has completely blocked the NoiseSocket protocol that Facebook’s WhatsApp uses, rendering the messaging app unusable in the country. The government did not say why it was banned, but […]