Roskomnadzor (RKN) demanded that the management of the Facebook social network restore access to the RT Redfish project account. On Friday, April 30, the press service of the department reported.
It is noted that the department sent a letter to the company with a demand to remove all imposed restrictions and explain the reasons for the blocking. These actions of the American company in the department were regarded as a violation of the key principles of the free flow of information and unhindered access to it. They, as noted in Roskomnadzor, are an act of censorship against the Russian media.
“Roskomnadzor demands to remove all imposed restrictions as soon as possible, inform the service about this, and also explain the reasons for blocking the account,” the department said.
In addition, the press service of Roskomnadzor recalled that ignoring by the owners of Internet resources of warnings about violation of the rights of Russians on the Internet, according to the legislation of the country, is punishable by a fine of up to 1 million rubles, and repeated refusal to comply with the requirements entails fines of up to 3 million rubles. This includes censorship of the Russian media.
The fact that Facebook removed the project page of the RT Redfish TV channel became known earlier the same day. The reason was two posts with historical photographs depicting the execution of the Italian dictator Benito Mussolini and the atrocities of the Nazis in concentration camps.
The relevant publications, as noted, were timed to coincide with the 76th anniversary of the liberation of Italy from the dictatorship of Mussolini and the liberation of the Auschwitz concentration camp.
“Facebook has removed our page on the grounds that our posts in commemoration of the Holocaust and the victory over Italian fascism violate community norms. Once again, the left-wing publication is being censored while the ultra-right around the world gains strength, ”the Redfish project said in Twitter…
Earlier on the same day, the RKN notified Twitter of the need to remove the banned information by May 15. At the end of December 2020, the State Duma adopted a law on the procedure for recognizing Internet resources as social networks and the obligation for network owners to block destructive content. Amendments are being made to the 2017 Social Media Regulation Bill.