Since 2020, 59 letters have been sent to foreign online platforms, which Roskomnadzor accused of censoring materials from Russian media, in 17 cases the restrictions were lifted, the press service of the Russian regulator reports. According to the report, the largest number of incidents, which Roskomnadzor calls censorship, occurred on YouTube.
“Starting in 2020, the owners of foreign Internet platforms that censored materials from Russian media outlets or blocked their official accounts, Roskomnadzor sent 59 letters demanding that the restriction on access to blocked materials and accounts be lifted,” the press service of Roskomnadzor reported to RIA Novosti … The department adds that 17 cases of censorship it noted were later removed.
In just less than two years, according to Roskomnadzor, 51 incidents were recorded, 24 of them are on YouTube. The regulator claims that Facebook censored Russian media 13 times, Instagram eight, Twitter four, Google and TikTok one each.
Over the past two years, Roskomnadzor has regularly reported censorship of Russian media by Western online platforms. In particular, the department perceived as censorship the fact that videos from the Soloviev LIVE channel by Vladimir Solovyov no longer appear on the Trends tab on YouTube. At the end of 2020, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a law on the right of Roskomnadzor to block Internet resources that allow censorship, and in January approved fines for media restrictions. There is no information that the regulator issued fines on this basis.
On November 22, Roskomnadzor compiled a list of foreign platforms that should open their representative offices in Russia by January 1, 2022. Among them are mainly companies from the United States: Google, Meta (owns Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp), Apple, Zoom and others.
More details – in the material of “Kommersant” “Roskomnadzor gave the command to land.”