There are some new rules in Russia as of August 1st. All popular bloggers with more than 3,000 followers will have to register with no exceptions. In addition, from now on they will be treated in the same way as the owners of private media in Russia. There will not be possible to be a popular and an anonymous blogger in Russia at the same time.
The fines are extremely “motivating”. We are talking about the amounts, which can easily reach up to $100,000. Not to mention that the inappropriate content can and will be removed with no special warning or a court’s decision. And, that is not all folks. These obligations are to include other social networks, as well.
What does this mean? Well, if you have more than 3,000 friends on Facebook or followers on Twitter, you will have to think twice before you make a certain public announcement. It comes without saying that all information you present online will have to be thoroughly verified and checked first.
As always, the very best is being saved for the last. All Russian citizens will have an obligation to keep their private data exclusively on Russian servers or servers which are located and controlled on the Russian territory. Russia online plays according to its own rules. Let us wait and see for how long and successful.