The head of Roskomnadzor, (Russia’s internet safety agency) Alexander Zharov, told Izvestia that according to the results of the audit in 2018, the agency could block the Facebook social network.
Alexander Zharov explained that the company’s audit will be carried out before the end of this year again, and there are several points that must be met, namely: localization of databases of Russian users on the territory of Russia, removal of all prohibited information, and compliance with other laws.
The head of Roskomnadzor said that he meets representatives of the popular social network once every six months. His last meeting with representatives of Facebook took place in February 2018, it discussed aspects of the implementation of the social network requirements to Russian legislation, including removal of illegal content in accordance with law, as well as an explanation of the removal of accounts of Russian users.
Mark Zuckerberg has been vocal in recent days that there are “many Russian trolls” on Facebook which could be simple users with an alternative world view.
A reminder that this would not be the only instance of such blocking – China carries out an independent cyber space policy where Facebook is blocked, except on the territory of Macau and Hong Kong.