Russian prosecutors check social network sites for extremism

Last Updated: Tuesday, April 20, 2010 - 20:39

Moscow: The Russian authorities have
launched a check into a popular social network site on the
Internet over the appearance of extremist content.

Vyacheslav Sizov, a senior official at the Prosecutor
General`s Office, said that it has "launched a check into the
facts of numerous violations in the operation of a well-known
Internet social networking service."
Sizov did not name the network as the check was still
underway. He promised the results (of the check) would be made
public.

"The so-called social networks on the Internet - despite
the fact that the administrations of these networks should
take measures to prevent the manifestations of extremism on
these floors - are broadly accommodating extremist groups," he
said.

So far, exposing the persons who place extremist
materials on the Internet and holding them responsible has
been impeded by the imperfection of legislative groundwork,
the anonymity of users and the accommodation of provocative
websites outside the jurisdiction of law-enforcement bodies,
Sizov said.

He said that the Russian Constitution explicitly forbids
the propaganda that incites social, ethnic or religious hate
or strife.

"We should be aware that the dissemination of extremist
ideas and materials on the Internet poses far more public
danger than their dissemination through the printed mass
media," Sizov said.
This step by the Russian authourities comes in the wake
of recent suicide bombings in the country carried out by
extremist groups.

PTI



First Published: Tuesday, April 20, 2010 - 20:39

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