The deputy proposed to rehearse the shutdown of social networks in Russia

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The deputy proposed to rehearse the shutdown of social networks in Russia

State Duma Deputy Alexander Khinshtein came up with the idea to temporarily disable social networks in order to check the work of the domestic communications infrastructure. The chairman of the committee on information policy, information technology and communications believes that such exercises will help to find out “how the system will behave under certain challenges.” Previously, there was a global outage in the work of Facebook and many other services.

On October 4, there was a global outage in Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp. It lasted more than 6 hours and caused losses all over the world. Facebook explained that the root cause of the crash was incorrectly reconfiguring the routers. This caused a “cascading effect” and shutdown of applications, including TikTok, Amazon, Google, and others.

At the opening of the second module of the educational program “New Media Workshop” Khinshtein mentioned the failures and said that Runet was ready for such a development of events. “Russian citizens have nothing to worry about, because the Internet will still be on the territory of our country. When Instagram “froze”, each person was left with an alternative – “Vkontakte”. Google hung up – Yandex was working. For the Russian user, nothing has fundamentally changed, ”the URA.RU deputy quoted the words of the URA.RU deputy.

Khinshtein also mentioned that in Russia it is necessary to create an alternative to every significant resource so that there are no segments on the Internet where foreign services are leading, as, for example, happened with YouTube.

Earlier, the head of the Federation Council commission on information policy and interaction with the media, Alexei Pushkov, said that the failure in the work of foreign social networks proved the correctness of creating a stable Internet in Russia. According to the senator, this will allow the state not to depend on external Internet service providers.

In September, Roskomnadzor promised to block YouTube in Russia if the video hosting service does not cancel the removal of two German channels RT (Russia Today). Experts believe that this threat can be realized. Moreover, Russia already has a track record of successfully blocking social media. Access to the social network for job search LinkedIn was closed in 2017; Russian users can only access the site using a VPN.

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