Vladimir Putin has signed a law introducing administrative liability for owners of social networks who fail to fulfill their established obligations or comply with Roskomnadzor's instructions. The law provides for fines of up to 8 million rubles.
Starting from September 2023, owners of social networks will be held administratively liable for the following violations:
- Failure to fulfill the obligation to monitor the social network and implement measures to restrict access to information that violates legislative requirements.
- Failure to fulfill the obligation to annually publish reports on the results of consideration of electronic appeals related to the dissemination of information in violation of the law, as well as reports on the results of monitoring the social network.
- Failure to fulfill the obligation to publish the rules of using the social network or informing users about changes to those rules.
- Failure to fulfill the obligation to publish information about the owner of the social network or the dissemination of false information about the owner of the social network.
- Failure to comply with Roskomnadzor's orders to remove certain information or failure to provide requested information.
It is worth noting that the legislative process for passing this law took 7 years. The bill on introducing administrative liability for owners of social networks was introduced to the State Duma in 2017 when the maximum fine amount was set at 50 million rubles.
See: Federal Law No. 401-FZ of July 31, 2023, "On Amendments to the Code of the Russian Federation on Administrative Offenses."
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