25 Feb 2022 20:15

Roskomnadzor to lift restrictions from Facebook after access to Russian media pages is unblocked - Russian State Duma committee head

MOSCOW. Feb 25 (Interfax) - Russia's telecoms watchdog Roskomnadzor will lift the restrictions on traffic from Facebook in Russia if the social network lifts the restrictions on the Russian media, Russian State Duma IT Committee head Alexander Khinshtein said.

"As one of the authors of the law on countering Internet censorship, under which traffic has been restricted, I fully support Roskomnadzor's decision. It is important that the restrictions will be lifted if Facebook fixes all violations (primarily by unblocking user access to four Russian media)," he said.

This is the second time the law (which was adopted in December 2020) has been used to restrict user access to a social network, he said. The first time restrictions were imposed on Twitter, he said.

"In today's conditions, Internet censorship is dangerous and especially unacceptable. People have a right to objective and truthful information," Khinshtein said.

Roskomnadzor said earlier on Friday it was limiting user access to the social network Facebook in Russia from February 25 in accordance with a decision made by the Prosecutor General's Office over censorship against Russian media.