The upper chamber of the Russian parliament has approved two bills, which are meant to fight harmful misinformation and insulting publications online. The two pieces of legislation, which earlier went in tandem through the lower chamber, give the Russian government the authority to seek removal or block certain content online. One deals with false information posing as genuine, as long as it poses a threat to health, public order or works of crucial infrastructure. The General Prosecutor, or one of its deputies, will be able to demand removal of such content from the publisher. If the request is ignored, Russian telecom regulator RKN would be ordered to block public access to it.
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