Russian prosecutors check social network sites for extremism
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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.


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

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