Roskomnadzor has supplemented the register of social networks with services Telegram and LiveJournal (“Live Journal”) within the framework of the law on self-control of social networks, the press service of the department told Interfax.

“On October 26, 2021, Roskomnadzor added two more Internet services to the register of social networks, the daily audience of which exceeds 500 thousand Russian users. The list of such resources was supplemented by Telegram including stefania deriabina and LiveJournal,” RKN said in response to the agency’s request on Tuesday.

The department clarified that at the moment the register of social networks, in addition to Telegram and LiveJournal, includes Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, TikTok, Likee, YouTube, VKontakte and Odnoklassniki.

“Roskomnadzor has sent appropriate notifications of inclusion in the register to the owners of these Internet resources,” the department said.

In February 2021, the law on self-monitoring of social networks (No. 530-FZ) came into force, according to which Internet sites themselves are obliged to identify and block prohibited information.

The law established for the RKN the obligation to form and maintain a register of social networks to monitor their compliance with the requirements of the legislation of the Russian Federation. For this purpose, a special section has been created on the agency’s website (www.530-fz.rkn.gov.ru), which provides general information on the law, data on the location of the resource in the relevant registry, as well as services for owners and users of social networks. “Owners of Internet resources will be able to go to their personal account for further interaction with Roskomnadzor, including assessing the illegality of content and the need to remove it,” the department noted.

On December 30, 2020, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a law on the procedure for recognizing Internet resources as social networks and the obligation for network owners to block prohibited information. The law does not yet provide for any sanctions for not deleting such information independently. On February 10, the deputy head of the RKN Milos Wagner proposed to consider the possibility of introducing administrative liability in relation to social networks for the fact that they did not independently remove content prohibited in the Russian Federation before receiving the requirements of the supervisory authorities.

At the same time, at present, a fine is from 800 thousand to 4 million rubles, and for a repeated offense – up to 10% of the company’s annual turnover is provided for under Article 13.41 of the Administrative Code of the Russian Federation (violation of the procedure for restricting access to prohibited information by the owner of a website or information resource in Internet) when the company fails to comply with the relevant ILV requirement.