Deputies of the state Duma of the Russian Federation Alexey Kazakov (“Fair Russia”) and Alexander Yushchenko (CPRF) has introduced a bill equating news aggregators like “Yandex.News” to the media. In “Yandex”, according to “Kommersant” has stated that the adoption of the document will lead to the closure of the company’s service.
The main innovation of the bill is the requirement for news aggregators to check the accuracy of the information and prevent the dissemination of false.
The bill also assumes that the aggregator needs to store the information disseminated within 6 months from the date of publication and to provide access to the Roskomnadzor.
In addition, the law stipulates that foreign physical and legal persons cannot own more than 20% of news aggregators.
In case, if the aggregator has made the spreading of false information, he will receive a fine of up to 5 million rubles (this amount relates to legal entities, for physical — to 400 thousand rubles).
Representatives of “Yandex” explained that to meet all of these demands for service will be physically impossible, as at “Yandex.News” no their editorial staff and up to 100 thousand news a day, automatically aggregated by the system from a variety of sources. Thus, to check the validity of posts no one simply. In this regard, if the bill is passed, the company will be forced to close this service.