Putin signs laws on blocking fake news and content insulting society and government
Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a law on blocking fake news. The document was posted on the government’s legal information web portal.
The document supplements the list of information, the access to which may be restricted on the demand by Russia’s Prosecutor General or his deputies. In particular, it imposes a ban on "untrue publicly significant information disseminated in the media and in the Internet under the guise of true reports, which creates a threat to the life and (or) the health of citizens, property, a threat of the mass violation of public order and (or) public security, or the threat of impeding or halting the functioning of vital infrastructural facilities, transport or social infrastructure, credit institutions, energy, industrial or communications facilities," TASS reported.
Putin also has signed a law on blocking Internet content insulting society, state symbols and government institutions of Russia.
Roskomnadzor will be obliged to demand the hosting service provider should take measures to eliminate the content in question and register the date and time of sending such notification. The provider will be obliged to instantly notify the owner of the information resource of the need to eliminate the prohibited content.
The provider will be obliged to block the website, if the content owner fails to take action within 24 hours.