Russia just banned Reddit, oh wait they just lifted the ban (all in one day). What’s the story with Russia blacklisting Reddit?
Yesterday (August 13, 2015) Reddit was banned by some ISPs in Russia. You should now use a VPN for Reddit to access it. To some it was not surprising as Reddit contains a variety of topics that are criticising current laws and leadership in Russia. It was surprising to learn the topic attributed to site ban – a ‘narcotics’ thread that published intel on how to grow pot.
Russia’s three year old media agency Roskomnadzor posted a notice on their Vkontakte (Russian Facebook) page yesterday, stating that Reddit did not return their demands to remove the ‘narcotics’ page in question. Subsequently Reddit has been added to the ‘Blacklisted’ website list. Today- Reddit removed ‘the offending thread’.
Reddit is one of the many sites that did not escape the scrutiny of the ‘Blackisted law’ passed in 2012 by Russia’s governing body Duma. The blacklist is administered by the Federal Service for Supervision of Communications, Information Technology and Mass Media (Roskomnadzor) and Federal Drug Control Service of Russia. The primary purpose for the law is protecting Russian children from harmful content; particularly that which glorifies drug usage, advocates suicide or describes suicide methods, or contain child pornography.
People can too submit requests to Roskomnadzor. Once ‘harmful content’ is identified, the site host would get a notice asking to remove the content and have 3 days to do so – if they would not remove it willingly, the site would be added to the Blacklist. Internet Service Providers (ISPs) are then asked to block the site(s) in question.
Reason cited: “making calls for unlawful activity and participation in mass events held with breaches of public order”.
Reason cited: Promoting “extremist views”
Reason cited: It is illegal to depict a public figure in a way that has nothing to do with his “personality.”
Reason cited: Contribution to ‘shadow economy’
Reason cited. Promoting extremist views.
Reason cited. Harmful for children.