Russia is considering a law that would fine websites/social media platforms for not deleting ‘Fake News’ content within 24 hours.
Russia is considering a new law that would allow the government to punish websites and social networks for user posts deemed inaccurate, the New York Times reports. If passed, the new law would require websites with more than 100,000 daily visitors and a comment feature to remove inaccurate information posted by users within 24 hours. If they don’t comply, the sites could face a fine of up to 50 million rubles ($793,000).
The law would join others that already limit what social media users are allowed to write and it’s currently under consideration in Russia’s lower house of parliament, the State Duma. Of course the proposed legislation is already sparking concerns about censorship. Artem Kozlyuk, founder of anti-censorship site Roskomsvoboda, told the New York Times that though the bill is being packaged as a way to boost public safety and stem harmful misinformation, these types of efforts typically end the same way, with the “expansion of the government’s powers and censorship.”
This is almost identical to the type of discussion the left and media are having regarding ‘Fake News’ in America. Lawmakers have been pressuring social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter into policing their content to flag ‘Fake News’.