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You are responsible for the content you repost
Tuesday, April 12, 2016
The Internet has unlimited potential. It gives everyone the opportunity to express themselves and convey their thoughts and ideas to millions of people. This opportunity to express oneself before the whole world is surely one of humankind’s greatest achievements.
Many people have, at the very least, pages on social networking websites; some even have blogs and, judging by the number of subscribers they have, they are quite good at it.
The law :
The owner of a site and (or) site page on the Internet that hosts publicly available information and is accessed by more than three thousand Internet users daily (hereinafter, the blogger) must make sure that the posted information, including information posted on their page or site by other users, complies with current Russian legislation.
In other words, you are responsible not only for what you publish yourself, but also for what your visitors write. You are also responsible for your reposts of someone else's content.
A repost is a copy of an original post (text) on any social media, mass media site or personal website — with or without attribution to the actual author. That is, it is a message from YOU that contains a quotation from someone else's text.
In Russia, if one's site or page contains information that violates Russian law, it does not matter who posted it—it is still punishable by law. And the fact that the information is available to a wide audience is considered to be an aggravating circumstance.
The Anti-virus Times recommends
If your site and or webpage containing publicly available information has more than three thousand visitors per day, you will have to make sure that the information doesn't include:
- slander, incitement to terrorism, foul language, etc.;
- inaccurate information — such information should be immediately deleted, and as a blogger, you are obliged to do so;
- information about the private lives of other people in violation of civil law — divulging personal data, etc.;
- violations of the rights and legitimate interests of citizens and organizations, including insults affecting the dignity and business reputation of citizens and the business reputation of organizations.
Violation of these laws in Russia is punishable by fine or imprisonment.