Apr 05

Russian lawmakers seek to bar children under 14 from social networks:

Russian children under 14 could effectively be banned from using social media networks under a new draft bill prepared by the legislative assembly in the country’s Leningrad Region.

According to the draft, owners of social network platforms would have to register new users only after they provide their passport data.

The bill would apply to Russian and foreign citizens alike, with lawmakers also proposing fines of between 100,000 and 300,000 rubles (about US$1,700–$5,260) for companies that fail to observe the ruling. Users who provide false passport data for registration could face fines of between 1,000 and 3,000 rubles ($17–$53).

The fresh draft also reads that users should be allowed to create not more than one page per platform, and should use their real names while doing so. Violation of this rule would be punishable with fines of up to 300,000 rubles ($5,260) for service owners and up to 5,000 rubles ($88) for users.

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