Roskomnadzor intends to create on its website a black list of publications, online communities and individuals who spread “fake” news, that is, knowingly false information.

As reports TASS with reference to the report of the head of Department Alexander Zharov to the forum of the Russian Union of journalists “All Russia”, “Roskomnadzor has worked this topic and at the moment we are ready to create the corresponding public list of publications, online communities and individuals who regularly participate in the proliferation of “fakes”.

In addition to the list of URLs that are spreading false information on the website of Roskomnadzor will place the description of false information.

In Russia fear that the fakes could cause mass panic and aggression

Zharov recalled that its proposal on the register of distributors of false information was supported by the Chairman of the Union of journalists of Russia (szhr) Vladimir Solovyov.

Since the beginning of the action of the law”on fakes”, was launched in Russia in March of this year, Roskomnadzor has received 10 requirements of the Prosecutor General against 47 pages of websites that contain unreliable information, the dissemination of which poses a threat to public safety. Additionally, it was revealed 128 mirror reports.

As an example fake news about events in Chemodanovka , Penza region. As stated in the report, the conflict of local residents with the Gypsy community is actively fueled by social networks about reports (on the alleged arsons of cars and houses, deaths of victims, rape of children, clashes with the police, order police to shoot to kill, and so on). All this false information removed, in cooperation with the administrations of social networks within 1-3 hours from the time of detection.

Also the requirement for the removal of inaccurate information were made of the explosion at the “Kristall”plant in Dzerzhinsk in informale throws rumors of a terrorist act, radioactive contamination, release of toxic substances, the Exodus of the urban elite and so on.

“In General, any explosion in the representation of Internet hysterics – atomic. In a situation with the explosion of munitions at the site in Achinsk Krasnoyarsk territory, we also had to remove false information about radiation contamination of the terrain. Other requirements of GP related to the news of numerous casualties during floods in the Irkutsk region and disinformation about the plans of the Federal center to change the borders of the republics of the North Caucasus during the public tension around the topic,” the report says.

Zharov believes that the mass distribution the mass communication of false information is a worldwide problem. “Professional media in the fierce competition for news and reduce the time to factchecking are not so much culprits as hostages to this problem. Adopted last year, legislation in this field allows us to promptly deal with “unwinding” false mediasystem in situations when it poses a real threat to public safety,” the report notes.

The President of Russia Vladimir Putin signed on March 18, 2019 the law providing for the lock unreliable and distorting the facts (fake) news. This law supplements the list of information to which access may be restricted at the request of the Prosecutor General of the Russian Federation or his deputies. Were imposed fines for spreading fake news (article 13.15 of the administrative code): for citizens – 30-100 thousand rubles., for officials – 60-200 thousand rubles, for legal entities – in the amount from 200 thousand to 500 thousand rubles with or without confiscation of the “subject of an administrative offense”. If the spread of false information will lead to interference in the functioning of vital infrastructure, transport or social infrastructure, industry, penal sanctions for citizens will make from 100 thousand to 300 thousand roubles, for officials – from 300 thousand to 600 thousand rubles, for legal entities – from 500 thousand to 1 million rubles with a possible confiscation of the subject of the offence.

If due to false data, people die, there is a mass violation of public order or safety, ceases to exist on the objects of transport or social infrastructure, industry, the penalty for citizens – from 300 thousand to 400 thousand RUB, for officials – from 600 thousand to 900 thousand rubles, for legal entities – from 1 million to 1.5 million rubles.

Armed with a new punitive law, the courts began to punish citizens for their publication in social networks and force them to deny their posts, had incurred the displeasure of officials.