This practice [shadowbanning] blunts the growth of “unhandshakeworthy” viewpoints, while not being serious enough to provoke a mass outflow to other platforms. Naturally, if geopolitical relations between the US and Russia will continue to worsen, we may expect the cleansing of the Simonyans and Solovievs as propagandists and agents of influence of a hostile Power. As I understand, this is broadly already happening with respect to Iran.
As I also told the journalist, Russia doesn’t have any principled position on Internet freedom of speech – Roskomnadzor already blocks bookmakers (including predictions markets like PredictIt), some political websites (mostly nationalist), pirate websites including LibGen and Sci-Hub (something that even most Western countries don’t; a truly absurd state of affairs, considering that virtually no piracy there hurts Russian producers), and of course Telegram – it consequently makes no sense not to use the opportunity to block Facebook, Twitter, Google, YouTube, and other major Western websites as well, on the Chinese model. I go on to comment:
These social networks don’t guarantee free speech to anyone apart from liberals, they are also agents of influence and data repositories of a Power that is quite hostile to us. People who really need access to them can always use a VPN. Besides, we already have [Google and Facebook] analogues in the form of Yandex and Vkontakte. We have the technical capabilities to create analogues for the others.
I see absolutely no reason to let Western subversion networks that repress Russian POC such as myself to steal market share from Russian companies. 150 million people is more than enough to support a vigorous, self-sustained digital ecosystem. These networks are also a security risk, it’s not a secret that they feel all their data to the CIA, the NSA, and other intelligence agencies, which can and very likely is being used to carry out espionage and blackmail.
However, on a wider note, it is now increasingly clear that Western influence and English language knowledge is the main vector through which the forces of Chaos seep into this world. We need to implement Boko Haram, there is absolutely no need for 90-95% of the population (i.e. normies) to know English. The Realms of Man need to quarantine it off like a plague zone, contacts limited to strictly business or scientific (not cultural) exchanges.