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Russia's Bloggers Must Register With The Authorities

     
4:16 pm on Aug 1, 2014 (gmt 0)

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This seems a backward step.

A new law imposing restrictions on users of social media has come into effect in Russia.

It means bloggers with more than 3,000 daily readers must register with the mass media regulator, Roskomnadzor, and conform to the regulations that govern the country's larger media outlets.Russia's Bloggers Must Register With The Authorities [bbc.co.uk]
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on the positive side, would those bloggers get media credentials at major events?
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The first thing I'd do is dump any analytics from my site and turn off server logs so you can't prove the traffic ;)
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Sounds like a move that should be applied everywhere.
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and conform to the regulations that govern the country's larger media outlets

I read all the way to the bottom hoping for some clue as to just what those regulations might be, but no joy.

Many popular bloggers are already looking for, and apparently finding, ways to "cheat" the feature that counts page visits

I wish I knew if this meant that the BBC thinks Russian blogs come with hit counters :(
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wish I knew if this meant that the BBC thinks Russian blogs come with hit counters :(

You mean like the one that Google include with Blogspot?
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This seems a backward step.


It's RUSSIA, free speech will NOT be tolerated!

They don't want any dissident discussions going on with a mass following.

Too many followers means you're getting mind share and the government doesn't want anyone to gain any popularity voicing opinions not sanctioned by the politburo.

The next step will be requiring logs files and analytics and allowing the government to view the traffic, etc.

Why it took them this long is amazing.
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free speech will NOT be tolerated!


Why should it be tolerated? Why should we be stumbling across nonsense and petty/small minded opinions, especially claims, gripes and reviews that are not substantiated?
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Why should it be tolerated?


Because censorship is worse.
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You mean like the one that Google include with Blogspot?

Are you serious?! I thought hit counters were something your 14-year-old stopped using in 1998 :)
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free speech will NOT be tolerated!

Why should it be tolerated?


You have been deemed a non-entity, Kendo.

Everything you write is dangerously incorrect and nothing you say is worth anything to anyone.

From now on, we expect you to gag yourself for the common good.

Now pipe down and do exactly as you're told.

N.B. Tongue firmly in cheek - though I'm guessing that was self-evident.
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Are you serious?! I thought hit counters were something your 14-year-old stopped using in 1998 :)

My blogger stats include a count of how many visits I have had. The stats packages provided by my hosting company include counts of how many hits I have had. From the context it is clear that the references were to more complex software than a little counter icon at the bottom of the page.