Russian Duma to consider law on blocking foreign social media that censor the free speech of Russian citizens:
A group of Russian politicians has put forward a bill aimed at punishing foreign social media firms for discriminating against Russian media outlets. In recent months, RT and others have been censored on networks like Twitter.
The parliamentarians, including MP Alexander Khinshtein and Senator Alexey Pushkov, have proposed punishing social media networks that display prejudice on the basis of nationality, language, or anti-Russia sanctions. If found guilty, the websites could be fined or even blocked entirely. …
Speaking to Moscow-based news agency TASS, one of the document’s authors, MP Anton Gorelkin, said the law would give the government the right to slow a website down.
“Access restriction, which includes slowing down traffic, is intended as an extreme response against the blatant discrimination of Russian media outlets on foreign platforms,” Gorelkin explained. “I have always been a proponent of soft power and an opponent of blocking, but the state should always have a hard option in reserve for particularly malicious violators of the law.”
Blogging about this a bit late – it was introduced three weeks ago – but this is partially
Even though I have long conclusively confirmed that PUTLER reads my blog, he is still a boomer at heart, focusing more on NGOs and “foreign agents” restrictions. I mean, good for him – but this is an early 2010s issue when you have non-systemic oppositioners visiting the US Embassy for their instructions, not so relevant for today.
But it is YouTube now, not TV, where almost all Russian zoomers and most millennials and even many X’ers now get their news and content from. And YouTube now explicitly admits to being a shill of the American state:
YouTube has a near monopoly on video hosting outside China, and it has just de facto banned questioning the legitimacy of the American political system in a way that it doesn't of any other country. https://t.co/kTon7ThYsC
— 🇷🇺 ANATꙮLY 🤔 KARLIN (@akarlin88) December 9, 2020
I think it is a very bad idea for Russia to allow the untrammelled operation of American social networks (primarily – YouTube, Facebook, Twitter) that jurisdictionally answer to American laws, promote American foreign policy aims, aggressively push SJW and BLM ideologies onto Russia, while having the gall to portray themselves as pillars of free speech while censoring and restricting Russian citizens and news organizations whose content doesn’t toe the Atlanticist agenda. It is a particularly bad idea to allow people who hate it set the tone on the medium that’s replacing TV for the younger cohorts. (In fact, I wonder to what extent the collapse in electoral support for Putinism amongst zoomers since ~2018 is linked to this).
Hopefully that law goes through.
Creating alternatives isn’t hard. Yandex has long had a quasi-YouTube like service, Yandex.Efir. VK is ergonomically and aesthetically superior to Facebook. Goal should be to get them all in place.
Progressively slow down the YouTube’s and Facebooks for 1-2 years so that people become frustrated with them and switch over to the Russian platforms.
Then Block them like Russia already inexplicably does to piracy sites like Sci-Hub and GenLib. The people who really need access to them will use VPN, the 90% normie population who are especially vulnerable to Chaos mind viruses will be just as happy without.
In related encouraging news: From March 1, 2021, it will become mandatory for cell phone retailers to preinstall Russian apps – search, browers, social media, news aggregators, voice assistants, antiviruses, etc. – onto any cell phones sold in Russia.