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Facebook, Twitter and Telegram will stop working in Russia due to the weak Runet

The regime of self-isolation due to the situation with the coronavirus, which is now active almost throughout Russia, clearly demonstrated the weakness of the Runet and the huge number of problems with the Internet in the country, its most vulnerable places

Participants of the Zoom conference on the digital future of the country said that the transition to remote work and mass online training became forced testing of Russian Internet services and platforms, most of them failed the tests. The meeting was attended by leading representatives of the Internet industry and experts in digital technology.

It turned out that neither schools nor universities are ready for the online format. "My three children and I experienced the whole "charm" of distance learning: all day we do not so much do tasks as solve technical problems with non-working cameras, communications," said Natalia Kaspersky, President of the Info Watch group of companies.

Ilya Massukh, a member of the software expert Council at the Ministry of Communications and Mass Media, expressed the opinion that Russia is not yet ready to replace "live" services with digital ones. He added that the servers of the Pension Fund of the Russian Federation fell on April 1. "Even these servers, which are designed for heavy load, did not pass the test."

Recently, Moscow authorities reported that they would monitor the movements of citizens through the introduction of QR codes and even developed a special application for this. According to them, now the introduction of QR codes is necessary to monitor compliance with the self-isolation regime. But experts are confident that when the pandemic ends, it will be necessary to re-introduce personal data protection.

It is interesting to note that the Deputy of the State Duma Anton Gorelkin proposed to prioritize the traffic of domestic sites and services for the time of self-isolation. In case of overload of communication networks due to the transition of citizens to remote work, the quality of access to Facebook, Twitter and Telegram and other services that do not comply with the requirements of Russian law will decrease (Facebook and Twitter do not transfer the data of local users to Russia, and Telegram is blocked for not transmitting the FSB encryption keys). The Ministry of Communications and Mass Media and the Federal Antimonopoly Service confirmed receipt of proposals.

Previously, Anton Gorelkin was the author of an initiative to limit the share of foreign capital in significant Internet resources to 20%, which forced Yandex to change the company's management structure.
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