GORKI, February 1. /TASS/. Russia’s existing legislation is enough to regulate social networks. If the management of social network companies refuse to follow the law, Russia has other means of influence, like slowing down the traffic, Deputy Chairman of the Russian Security Council Dmitry Medvedev said in an interview with the Russian media.
"I think that so far they are quite enough. If social networks act in an unfriendly way, if they refuse to publish Russian information, if they take on an obviously unfriendly stance in relation to the country, then we have means to influence them," Medvedev said, answering a question on whether any laws should be introduced in addition to global rules of social network regulation.
He reminded that among other instruments that Russia can use to regulate the activity of social networks, there is the activity of the Federal Service for Supervision of Communications, Information Technology and Mass Media, consultations with the Foreign Ministry and the Prosecutor General’s Office "that can make a number of decisions at a certain period, including such decisions as slowing down traffic or suspending the work. We wouldn’t want it to come to that, and I’m sure that’s what other countries are thinking about this," he added.