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The Federation Council pointed to the violation of freedom of speech by US Internet companies

The Federation Council revealed the violation of freedom of speech by US Internet companies. The upper house of parliament also condemned these acts.

The Federation Council pointed to the violation of freedom of speech by US Internet companies

“Judging by the events unfolding after the US presidential elections, it became clear: American Internet giants have rebelled on the path of extensive use of censorship. These acts contradict the principles of democracy, the right of citizens to seek, receive and disseminate information, and also illegally block alternative platforms, ”the Federation Council said in a statement.

The document says that US Internet companies are increasingly cooperating with government agencies. The upper house of the Russian parliament believes that this “is fraught with the assertion of US dominance over most of the world’s network exchanges.”

The Federation Council stressed that against this background there was a threat of imposing a “one-sided and disingenuous view” on social media users at events taking place in the United States and around the world. The authors of the document call on the UN Secretary General, Director General of UNESCO, the line of monitoring mechanisms of the UN Human Rights Council, the Secretary General of the Council of Europe, the OSCE Chairman and the OSCE Representative in Europe at the behest of the mass media to pay attention to the “arbitrariness of American Internet companies” in order to prevent the “establishment digital dictatorship ”.

It is also worthy to discuss this issue in the UN General Assembly, including in PACE and the CSTO parliamentary assembly. The Federation Council calls for the development of an international convention, which should regulate the activities of Internet companies due to the threat of the development of “uncontrolled domination”.

“The World Wide Web should remain a space for freedom of speech and information. Activities should be regulated by law, and not by the will of one country, in order to prevent the substitution of the laws of sovereign states, ”the Federation Council noted.

Every power in the world has the left to regulate the activities of Internet companies on its territory. In Russia, it is also majestic to create a “national digital sovereignty”, the Federation Council stressed.

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