The state Duma has adopted on second and final reading of the bill, which from 1 January 2017 put control of news aggregators on the Internet. They will bring in a special registry and will make you liable for dissemination of false information – with the exception of those cases when the source of information is the media.
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The bill was introduced in Parliament in February 2016, the deputies Viktor Kazakov (“CP”) and Alexander Yushchenko (CPRF). Representatives of the Ministry of communications and mass media have given then to know what happens to them when writing the document has not been consulted. The government generally did not send an official comment on the initiative that did not stop her to be adopted, and this means that she was born under the patronage of the presidential Administration.
“The urgency of the bill due to the degree of public importance of the news aggregators in the network “Internet”, because of the significant audience reach”, it will “help to combat the spread of the Internet” falsified information,” claimed the authors. They proposed to instruct Roskomnadzor to maintain a list of aggregators.
They will now be considered Russian-language news sites, sites distributing advertisements in Russian and aimed at Russian consumers, as well as sites in the languages of the peoples of the Russian Federation.
The criterion for entering in the register – over 1 million visitors during the day. The consequences of falling to the registry – binding rules.
The sharp opposition from the Internet industry and the concern of print media has caused one of them laying on the aggregators responsible for the dissemination of false information, even if it is the literal reproduction of messages and materials registered in the Russian media. It actually made the aggregators in the media, which must verify the accuracy of information.
For the second reading, reported in the hall the head of the profile Committee on information policy, information technologies and communications Leonid Levin (“CP”), in the text of the bill was amended, which exempt the owner of a news aggregator from liability for literal reproduction of messages from the media, registered in accordance with Russian legislation”.
This and a number of other amendments were proposed by industry and submitted over the signature of Mr. Levin. “An example of effective cooperation of government and the Internet industry called the bill a statement from the Russian Association for electronic communications (RAEC).
There was also a proposal to limit foreign participation in the news aggregator, if the aggregator is registered as a Russian legal entity (the authors would like to ban foreigners and Russians with dual citizenship to own the aggregators and the share of foreign equity participation limit of 20%).
The bill authorizes the “authorized state bodies” (what exactly is not specified) in case of detection on the aggregator “of the facts of falsification of socially significant information, spreading false news of public interest information under the guise of reliable reports” to address in Roskomnadzor with the requirement to take measures to delete this information.
Roskomnadzor, in turn, will be required within 24 hours to send the appropriate request to the aggregator, enclosing the decision of the court or public authority. For refusing the enforcement of the Code of administrative offences of promises to the citizens a fine of 50 to 100 thousand rubles, officials – from 200 to 400 thousand rubles, and legal entities – 600 thousand to 1 million rubles. It is worth noting that the original version of the bill proposed higher fines…
According to RAEC, omissions from the text of the bill is not completely removed – e.g., not subject to amendment, which would eliminate the probability of falling under its scope of bloggers.Related posts: