What Wikipedia and “Yandex” protested against

It happened on the eve of the hearing planned in the State Duma of the Russian Federation on the protection of children from information, causing harm to their health and development.” According to him, the Russian-language segment of the Internet should be closed access to those sites that contain illegal information that can cause direct or indirect harm to children. And it already affects the interests of the state, citizens and the Internet industry.

In this regard, Wikipedia, Yandex, the social network Vkontakte and the blog service LiveJournal tried to explain to Russian users that there are pitfalls in the new amendments. Because of them, changing the existing bill can lead to severe censorship in the runet. The government will be able to legally create its own list of “black” sites and close access to them, including for political reasons.

The heads of the largest Internet resources believe that making such significant changes should take place not so quickly and closed, but only after discussion of the issue open areas with the participation of representatives of all affected parties, including the Internet industry.$

To deliver this message to the audience, Wikipedia closed access to its pages for 24 hours, and Yandex made a link on the homepage in the caption “There is all”. read the opinion of the editor-in-chief of the search engine regarding new changes in the law Similarly warned their users Pavel Durov (Vkontakte) and LiveJournal management.

Despite such actions by representatives of Internet resources, the new bill was adopted by the State Duma on July 11. And on July 18, 2012, it was approved by the Federation Council.

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