Russian lawmakers approve plan to take more control over internet traffic

Associated Press Report

According to the proposal, Russian legislators plan to further control Russian Internet traffic. According to AP because it is sent through the country's servers, it can have more influence in monitoring and censoring information. The bill has been approved by the Duma and will be referred to the Senator before he goes to Putin 's desk.

Russia said it needed the law to protect its national security interests, but critics say skepticism about censorship is the reason for skepticism. Last month, China passed legislation prohibiting the distribution of "fake" news online, critics said, which is the only way to punish government critics.

Last year Russia also took steps directly against high technology companies, banning Telegram, an encrypted messaging service, and competing with Google through links to banned Web sites.

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