“VKontakte”: the idea of MPs to control the reliability of information in social networks impossible

“VKontakte”: the idea of MPs to control the reliability of information in social networks impossible


TASS, July 12. Mechanisms of regulation of the dissemination of unlawful or false information in social networks effective, additional measures would be redundant and unenforceable. Commented on in the social network “Vkontakte” the initiative of deputies of “United Russia”.

On Wednesday, deputies of the state Duma from “United Russia” Sergei Boyarsky and Andrew Alshevskih introduced the house bill, which provides additional control over the dissemination of unlawful or false information in social networks. The most discussed item of the proposals on fines in the amount of 3-5 million rubles for citizens for refusing to remove illegal information in social networks. The fine for legal entities, under the bill, will be from 30 to 50 million rubles. The basis was taken the German experience.

According to Boyarsky, the bill does not establish any new regulatory body “to monitor the purity of relationships within social networks are themselves users, and operators of large social networks that exist today and are active on the territory of the Russian Federation”. He explained that the bill requires that operators of large social networks “will have to create a clock running administrative body to anyone could report back on the illegal or defaming the honor and dignity of the information that will need to be locked during the day”. In addition, the operator of the social network will be required to keep such complaints, so that later they could become the subject of litigation.

“We do not check and cannot check the accuracy of published information or carry out pre-moderation of content. In fact, this does not make one communication platform with user-generated content”, – said TASS, the initiative of the deputies, the press service of “Vkontakte”.

The representative of the social network noted that any user of “Vkontakte” can report illegal, offensive, or inaccurate, in his opinion, content with a button “Report”. “We consider all complaints without exception. “Vkontakte” one of the biggest services of moderation and we react as quickly as possible – content that violates the site rules or law are deleted, and the violators will be blocked”, – said the press service. Also “Vkontakte” according to the current legislation of the Russian Federation is obliged to respond to signals from the regulator Roskomnadzor.

“This package of measures is most effective, and additional restrictive laws completely redundant and not enforceable in its essence”, – summed up in “Vkontakte”.

We need to discuss

Another popular Russian social networks – “Classmates” – I believe that before changing the mechanisms to identify false information in social networks, it is necessary, first, to discuss with industry representatives and experts.

Now in the “Classmates” already have a tool with which users can at any time complain of unwanted content. These requests are treated with special staff support team. If it is determined that the content violates the legislation of the Russian Federation and the rules of the social network, it is blocked.

“Questions on algorithms detect false information, it is primarily necessary to discuss together with social networks and representatives of the professional community”, – said the press service of the “Classmates”.

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