Experts: equating the news aggregators to media will lead to the termination of the investment

Experts: equating the news aggregators to media will lead to the termination of the investment


MOSCOW, February 25. The desire to equate the media and news aggregators will damage the image of Russia and may lead to termination of investing in Russian technology companies. This opinion was expressed by the Internet Ombudsman Dmitry Marinichev, commenting on submitted to the Duma a draft law equating major news services to the media and force them to be responsible for the accuracy of the information published.

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“I’m against (the initiative – approx. ed.). It is not for the benefit of technology companies in Russia. And it harms the image of Russia as a country that forms a closed information space. This clearly leads to the fact that none of the Western companies will not invest in Russian technology companies, because it is too high there will be risks,” said Marinichev.

As stressed by the Internet-the Ombudsman, his attitude to the bill “absolutely negative”. “You cannot equate the aggregators, which provide services of ordering, to improve the quality of delivery of material, with those who create the content who produces it, who is its owner,” – said the Ombudsman.

He stressed that the aggregator is a predefined search that allows you to see on whatever criteria the information headlines. “In other words, if we introduce the regulation of news aggregators, we indirectly introduce a regulation of search queries and of the service itself”, – he stressed.

Reducing the competitiveness of players in Runet

If the bill is passed in its current form, it could lead to the closure of Russian news aggregators that, in turn, will reduce the competitiveness of players of a Runet, according to the Russian Association of electronic Commerce (RAEC).

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“Gross interference in the algorithms of the work of news aggregation services would jeopardize their working principles, the development of which has made enormous intellectual and time resources”, – say the experts of the Association.

In RAEC also noted that the requirement of limiting the share of foreign investors in 20% in the case of news aggregators “closes the access of young companies to investment capital, and large companies – to shareholders”. In the fall of the investment it makes such projects impossible, the experts said. “RAEC looks forward to dialogue with all stakeholders and seeking consensus on this issue”, – stated in the message Association.

“Yandex” and Google has previously stated that he would not be able to check the accuracy of the content in their news aggregators. In turn, the Deputy head of the Ministry of communications of Russia Alexey Volin noted that the responsibility for the published information to be borne by the publishers, not news aggregators and news aggregators equated to mass media impractical.

At the same time, the head of the Duma Committee on information policy, information technologies and communications Leonid Levin expressed support for the concept of regulating the activity of news aggregators and equating them to the media. In connection with the “social resonance”, which received the bill, he did not rule out possible discussion of the document at an enlarged round table in March with the help of experts.

The draft law, equating the major news services to the media and force them to answer for the authenticity of the information introduced Thursday in the state Duma. Its authors are deputies Alexey Kazakov (“Fair Russia”) and Alexander Yushchenko (CPRF) the Document introduces a special legal regime for news aggregators with the audience on the Internet more than 1 million people. Moreover, the news aggregator must be a domestic legal entity foreign participation may not exceed 20%.

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