On Monday, a Moscow court rejected the appeal of , the company’s lawyer, Victoria Shagina, explained to the magistrates that Meta did not carry out extremist activities in Russia and that she opposed Russophobia. Arguments that did not convince justice.the parent company of and D’ , which refuted the accusations of extremism made by Russia. Considered the properties of an “extremist organization”, Facebook and are now banned in Russia. According to
At the heart of this legal battle, there is first Russia’s decision to ban Facebook for restricting access to Russian media content to its members. Meta had justified this blocking by the fact that its platform independently verifies the content posted online, and that it displayswarnings for the content of four Russian public media. Then Russia had access to Instagram, guilty of no longer moderating posts and comments that called for violence against Vladimir Putin and his troops sent to Ukraine.
On the same level as a “terrorist” enterprise…
It should be noted that the term “extremist organization” was usually reserved for groups such as the Taliban and the Islamic State, but recently it has also applied to Jehovah’s Witnesses and the Anti-Corruption Foundation of Alexei Navalny , imprisoned since returning to Russia after escaping poisoning.
According to the Tass agency, the activity ofon Russian territory would not be affected by this ban but, as Meta is considered an “extremist organisation”, it is not entitled to profit from it. ” The decision does not apply to the activities of the messenger of Meta, due to its lack of functionality for the public information, reads the court statement.
Twitter, Facebook, Google, VPN… How Russia censors content on the Internet
Since the invasion of Ukraine, theRussian telecommunications company Roskomnadzor forced to remove tens of thousands of new URLs that refer to resources accessible by . This includes foreign and local media that refuse to play along with state propaganda. Twitter, Facebook and are also affected by this censorship.
Posted on 03/10/2022 by Fabrice Auclert
For Russia, all means are good so that the local population does not have access to any image or information related to the invasion in Ukraine. An unspoken censorship that began with a law prohibiting the media from using the term “invasion”. It is considered a ” ! It is for this reason that Russian media, not linked to the government, have decided not to write any more articles on the situation in Ukraine or that major international newspapers have asked their reporters to leave the country.” and
Another recent government decision: the blocking of Twitter, Facebook and YouTube from Russian territory. Again, this is to prevent access to articles and videos that report on the news on the front since the start of the war in Ukraine. New stage in this witch hunt Made in Russia, the censorship of content offered in Google. More concretely, the Russian telecommunications regulator forced the search engine to remove tens of thousands of new links that point to “banned” content. Prohibited, because it is accessible on private networks.
A law prohibits VPNs and proxies
It should be noted that in Russia, since the end of 2012, a law makes it possible to “blacklist” and block websites, publications and online news outlets that challenge official government discourse. As explained , this law was reinforced in 2019 by blocking all tools that allow you to hide your IP address, and therefore to be identified on the network. A law that limits and prohibits the use of VPNs, and tools like . The only condition for publishers to continue their activity: to give access to the data on their servers…
This is why Google complied with the will of the Russian regulator and de-indexed the links that pointed to “banned” sites to make inaccessible local and foreign media articles that reflect the reality in Ukraine. To flush out the deleted content, and the origin of this deletion, our colleagues rely on . Every day, this independent site lists all requests to remove links, and often these are copyright issues. Except that since February 22, two days before Russia entered Ukraine, Google has been forced to delete hundreds of links a day. Even thousands like last March 5.
Towards a sovereign Internet cut off from the world
Soon, Roskomnadzor will no longer need to police the networks since Russia simply plans to disconnect from the global Internet, and only use servers controlled and placed on its territory. VPNs will then become useless since it will be impossible to change yourand use an international address.
« There will be no need for global international filtering since by default there will simply be no external traffic, except forunder full control of Rostelecom and othersanalyzes Alexey Shkittin, a Russian opponent, under house arrest because his company was marketing tools to anonymize his IP address. Internal traffic will be decrypted by (Deep Packet Inspection) and blocked if necessary. It will be impossible to build a VPN gateway, as well as to use the bypass systems built into the . Thus, the planned sovereign Internet is essentially a closed system at the structural level of network management, or a sovereign segment of the international network, which operates on the model of the global Internet, but is completely separate from it.. »