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    Post  kvs Wed May 26, 2021 2:36 pm

    The place where western media meddling matters is in Belorus. In Russia it is a flop. I think the lack of a total crackdown on
    western propaganda is motivated by the fact that such control always backfires. It is like being totally removed from exposure
    to bacteria. It is "good" only up to a point, afterwards you die. So the Russian "body" needs to be exposed to the western
    bacilli as a way of defeating them. As I have noted numerous times, human psychology is crap. By banning filth, a demand for
    filth is created because it is the "forbidden fruit". The USSR really undermined itself with such control measures. I think China
    is also not doing itself any favours by engaging in the same.

    In the case of Belorus, it is exactly the authoritarian behaviour of Lukashenko that has exposed the country to regime change
    in a serious way.

    Also, Pakistan is not a model for Russia since it is a different culture. Russians, in spite of recent polling, still are mentally
    Europeans and will naturally engage with the west. There is no cultural filter to keep the west out. So western propaganda
    requires a sophisticated approach and not ham fisted restrictions.

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    Post  Kiko Sat Jul 17, 2021 10:22 am

    Speaking in tongues: Russia's tech giant Yandex working on AI video translator to allow viewers to watch anything with voiceover, 16.07.2021.

    What do you want to watch? Well, if the answer is a foreign-language film or TV show, and there’s no translated version available, you might be out of luck. Now one of Russia’s biggest tech firms is working on a solution.

    In a statement released last week, digital services giant Yandex revealed it has been working on a software prototype that would allow users to watch videos in their browser in another language. The program is capable of simultaneously translating the content, and dubbing it with a computer-generated voiceover.

    If that weren’t enough, the team behind the innovation say it is able to detect the gender of the speaker and match it with a male or female voice, as well as keeping to the speed and rhythm of their voice.

    “Consumption and creation of video content has been growing super-fast over the past years. This was true even before the pandemic, but the last two years have only accelerated this trend,” said David Talbot, head of the natural language processing team at Yandex. “Individuals are creating their own content and companies are using video content more and more for training, education and marketing purposes. The trend seems unstoppable.”

    According to him, the goal of the project is “to help people to enjoy video content in any language,” without requiring them to find a pre-translated version of the clip, or making them dependent on creators to produce transcripts.

    However, Talbot added, “We are just at the start of this project and we don’t underestimate the amount of work that lies ahead.” At the moment, the prototype only allows video to be converted from Russian to English. In addition, for the future, Yandex is planning to integrate emotion and other characteristics into the AI-generated voice overs, adding to the sense of realism and immersion.

    https://www.rt.com/russia/529409-yandex-video-translator-voiceover/
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    Post  Russian_Patriot_ Thu Jul 29, 2021 6:09 pm

    Yandex technologies will translate any video on the Internet

    Online, July 16, 2021. Yandex showed a prototype of video machine translation. The new technology, which has no analogues in the world, will combine machine translation, biometrics, speech recognition and synthesis technologies. Thanks to it, Yandex Browser users will be able to watch videos in a foreign language with voice-over translation. You can see how the prototype works right now.

    "There is a lot of useful content on the Internet that is inaccessible to people due to the language barrier. And we are close to finally erasing all borders. Yandex Browser has been able to translate texts for a long time, this year it started translating images, and video translation is the next stage. This is a big challenge that no one in the world has solved yet. We are also at the beginning of the road, but we already have a prototype and an understanding of where to go next" – David Talbot, head of natural language processing at Yandex says. 

    The prototype only works with videos in English. Developers of the technology have already tested it on videos on various topics. Among them there are videos about climate change, machine learning, the history of Pluto and other equally interesting things. Users of the desktop Yandex Browser can view the video with voice-over translation here.

    Several teams worked on creating the prototype. Currently, it uses speech synthesis technology, Yandex.Translate developments, and biometrics. It allows you to determine the gender of the speaker and select the appropriate voice. And to make the voice-over match the picture, the translator pauses, slows down the speech somewhere, and speeds up the speech somewhere. The fact is that the original and translated lines often do not match in length, so a special algorithm monitors the pace of speech.

    Work on the prototype continues. Users will soon be able to choose which videos to translate using the new technology.

    A video demonstrating this technology:


    Yandex has implemented a truly revolutionary technology with huge potential. I also attach a video demonstrating the operation of this system, but it only works in the Yandex Browser and translates only from English to Russian. I am looking forward to the development of this technology

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    Post  kvs Mon Aug 02, 2021 2:53 pm

    WTF with Yandex?

    It forced me to go through a captcha during a search. These fcuking retards. I am not going to enter cyrillic alphabet captcha phrases. Looks like Crapdex
    is fellating Alphabet.

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    Post  Scorpius Wed Aug 04, 2021 4:56 pm

    kvs wrote:WTF with Yandex?

    It forced me to go through a captcha during a search.   These fcuking retards.   I am not going to enter cyrillic alphabet captcha phrases.    Looks like Crapdex
    is fellating Alphabet.


    https://yandex.ru/
    or
    https://ya.ru/
    ?
    Strictly speaking, your experience is extremely atypical for the Yandex search engine. I have been using it for 20 years, and I have never encountered such a thing.
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    Post  kvs Wed Aug 04, 2021 5:35 pm

    Scorpius wrote:
    kvs wrote:WTF with Yandex?

    It forced me to go through a captcha during a search.   These fcuking retards.   I am not going to enter cyrillic alphabet captcha phrases.    Looks like Crapdex
    is fellating Alphabet.


    https://yandex.ru/
    or
    https://ya.ru/
    ?
    Strictly speaking, your experience is extremely atypical for the Yandex search engine. I have been using it for 20 years, and I have never encountered such a thing.

    It was Yandex. It only happened when I tried to look for vaccine information. But that may have been a coincidence and a 3rd party ad server may have been involved.
    When I did searches for other topics the captcha was no longer there. I have not gotten to the squatter sites which use typing mistakes in the case of Yandex yet.

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    Post  flamming_python Mon Aug 09, 2021 12:47 am

    https://www.intellinews.com/russian-getcourse-secures-50mn-from-top-investors-expects-to-generate-1bn-in-gmv-this-year-217469/?source=russia

    Russian GetCourse secures $50mn from top investors, expects to generate $1bn in GMV this year

    By East West Digital News in Moscow August 5, 2021

    Baring Vostok, the Russian PE/VC giant, Winter Capital, a Moscow-based international fund backed, in particular, bybillionaire Vladimir Potanin, and Goldman Sachs have invested $50mn in GetCourse, reports East-West Digital News (EWDN).

    This Russian edtech startup allows its customers — more than 20,000 schools, trainers, coaches and bloggers — to create, deliver, promote and sell their own educational content.  The service, which includes lead-generation, analytics and CRM functionalities,  is integrated with payment systems and popular social networks.

    GetCourse also offers its own educational projects.

    According to a Winter Capital Partners press-release, GetCourse generated some $600mn in gross merchandise value (GMV) in 2020, and expects to exceed the $1bn mark this year. This will “put GetCourse on par with global leaders Kajabi (annualized GMV of $1.5bn in May 2021) and Thinkific (2020 GMV of $0.3bn),” states the investment firm.

    GetCourse was founded in 2014. According to official data cited by Rusven, its shareholders include VTB Capital Pre-IPO Fund (which received a 15.2% stake in September 2020), Cyprus companies Janewill Ltd and Greum Ltd, UK company Bradley Hall Holdings Ltd, Luxembourg company West Street EMS Partners, while Matvei Kalachev, Timur Karimbaev, Sergey Mikhailov and Yana Ostanina own more than 10% of the company.

    Edtech is one of the sweet spots of Winter Capital Partners. The firm recently invested in Russian startups Skyeng (together with Baring Vostok) and Algorithmics as well as in Californian Udemy.


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    Post  flamming_python Mon Aug 09, 2021 12:51 am

    Good to see Russian blockchain developers getting some love too

    https://www.intellinews.com/russia-s-mts-acquires-control-of-blockchain-firm-factorin-216623/?source=russia
    Russia's MTS acquires control of blockchain firm Factorin

    By bne IntelliNews July 27, 2021

    Major Russian mobile phone operator Mobile TeleSystems MTS has acquired 51% of blockchain company Factorin for RUB867mn ($11.7mn).

    Factorin is the developer and owner of an innovative blockchain-based platform for trade finance transactions with a focus on supply chain finance and invoice factoring. The acquisition is aimed at expanding MTS Group’s portfolio of digital financial services for B2B clients.

    Factorin’s innovative platform provides a comprehensive solution for supply chain financing by digitising financial interactions between buyers, suppliers and banks. The platform provides factoring and other trade finance services for leading Russian retailers and their suppliers, including Magnit and Dixy Group as well as MTS's own retail network (RTC).

    "This deal is yet another major step forward in the development of digital products and enhanced services for our B2B customers," Ilya Filatov, MTS VP for Financial Services and MTS Bank CEO, said in a statement.

    "Factorin is not only a fast-growing and high-tech trade finance platform, it provides a unique offering that fully leverages all of the advantages of blockchain technology," he went on to say. "I am confident that the addition of Factorin into MTS Group will accelerate our growth and further reinforce the company's leading position."

    "Factorin is leveraging the latest innovations to not only offer our customers a full spectrum of advanced trade financing solutions, but also launch fundamentally new products that would be impossible to build using traditional technologies," added Andrei Maklin, Factorin co-founder & CEO. "For example, we are enabling corporate clients to set up their own platforms that provide their suppliers and buyers with attractive offers from a variety of financing providers."

    "In just two years, we have built the largest trade finance platform in Russia," he went on to say. "With this deal, we are adding the resources of a powerful partner in order to help meet growing market demand as well as unlock additional opportunities and competitive advantages for our users. Combining MTS’s scale and expertise with Factorin’s blockchain solutions will help us qualitatively transform fintech services for the Russian B2B segment."
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    Post  Kiko Mon Sep 27, 2021 8:53 pm

    Yandex explained that users will be able to choose their own search engine on the gadget, 27/09/2021.

    Russian users, as before, will be able to independently choose a search engine for their gadgets, the press service of Yandex reported.

    “As before, users will choose their default search engine on their own. Yandex will be among the available for selection in 2022, along with Google, - the TASS message of the company leads.

    As it became known earlier, Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin signed an order according to which the Yandex search engine will be preinstalled on gadgets sold in the country  and will be used by default from January 1, 2022.

    In addition, Yandex Browser and Kaspersky Internet Security have been added to the list of applications required for preinstallation on desktop and laptop computers.

    On April 1, a  law came into force  on the mandatory pre-installation of Russian software on electronic equipment, including smartphones, computers and TVs with the Smart TV function. As noted in the State Duma, this should help the development of domestic digital products.

    The ministry emphasized that software should not be imposed on users. The new rules are intended to give them a choice, since the programs of foreign companies are preinstalled on the gadgets. russia

    https://russian.rt.com/russia/news/911716-yandeks-poiskovik-gadzhet

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    Post  nero Mon Sep 27, 2021 9:10 pm

    Kiko wrote:In addition, Yandex Browser and Kaspersky Internet Security have been added to the list of applications required for preinstallation on desktop and laptop computers.

    That's a pretty idiotic requirement to have. Especially when Kaspersky products aren't free to use.
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    Post  PapaDragon Mon Sep 27, 2021 11:23 pm

    nero wrote:
    Kiko wrote:In addition, Yandex Browser and Kaspersky Internet Security have been added to the list of applications required for preinstallation on desktop and laptop computers.

    That's a pretty idiotic requirement to have. Especially when Kaspersky products aren't free to use.

    Trial version most likely (everything has trial version)

    Or barebones free variant
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    Post  GarryB Tue Sep 28, 2021 4:50 am

    That's a pretty idiotic requirement to have. Especially when Kaspersky products aren't free to use.

    It is perfectly normal for people selling computers and tablets to try to sell virus checkers and other software and often they are able to give decent discounts because you are buying the hard ware at the same time.

    If the purchase price does not cover the software you normally get a free period where you get used to it and then they introduce charges but for private citizens there are normally free simplified versions you can keep using.

    Virus checking software is hardly mandatory anyway as most OS normally have decent virus protection anyway.
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    Post  GunshipDemocracy Fri Oct 01, 2021 12:25 am

    nero wrote:
    Kiko wrote:In addition, Yandex Browser and Kaspersky Internet Security have been added to the list of applications required for preinstallation on desktop and laptop computers.

    That's a pretty idiotic requirement to have. Especially when Kaspersky products aren't free to use.

    and buying computer with Chrome/IE + default Google , Office and Norton is OK?

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    Post  ALAMO Fri Oct 01, 2021 7:21 am

    "It is another thing" Laughing Laughing Laughing

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    Post  GarryB Sat Oct 23, 2021 2:29 am

    GunshipDemocracy wrote:
    nero wrote:
    Kiko wrote:In addition, Yandex Browser and Kaspersky Internet Security have been added to the list of applications required for preinstallation on desktop and laptop computers.

    That's a pretty idiotic requirement to have. Especially when Kaspersky products aren't free to use.

    and buying computer with Chrome/IE  + default Google , Office and Norton is OK?

    The point is that there is no free software... the software that comes with the computer you are buying but you don't get a choice, or more accurately western software companies get an instant sale with every computer sold.

    Getting them to put Russian software on computers means the money goes to Russian companies instead.

    When IBM developed their PC model they needed an operating system so they ended up getting the operating system called MS DOS, or Microsoft DOS, which was a simple command line operating system Bill Gates pinched off a few other people.

    The point is that you couldn't use the computer without MS DOS so for every IBM based PC or clone of that Microsoft earned $50 for their operating system... of course they were going to get very very rich... but if competing companies had gone to IBM and said... we can make a much better OS why don't you offer your customers our OS instead as an option when they buy, we might have gotten more choice and one software giant would not have been so big and powerful and able to then dictate to the computer industry...

    This is very good news for Russian software developers and companies.
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    Post  Kiko Fri Apr 08, 2022 11:39 pm

    No nostalgia for Zuckerberg: Russia uses creativity to replace Western social networks, 08.04.2022.

    After blocking Western social networks, Russian developers innovate with creative and unusual projects. Will the country be able to replace Mark Zuckerberg's digital platforms?

    Facebook Instagram on March 21, 2022, the most well-known social networks in the Western world, Instagram and Facebook (platforms belonging to the extremist company Meta, banned on the territory of Russia), belonging to the US billionaire Mark Zuckerberg, were banned in Russia.

    The reason: the company relaxed its policy against hate speech and began allowing publications that incite violence against Russian soldiers and citizens, as reported by Reuters.

    Since then, Russians have been looking for other platforms to stay connected. The country is not lacking in far-reaching social networks: the VKontakte network, which has been on the air since 2006, enjoys an audience of 100 million monthly active users, including Sputnik Brazil. The network has several features, such as conducting video calls, its own music player and even an internal payment system, VK Pay.

    Same as in Brazil and other countries, there is a generational divide between the main social networks in Russia. The most experienced generation focuses on Odnoklassniki, a name that can be translated as "classmate", or that of his former school friend. This social network still has energy and recorded a 66% increase in the number of users in the month of March.

    New platforms

    But Mark Zuckerberg's orphaned social media audience seems to be wanting something new. In recent weeks, several platforms have been launched in Russia with the aim of attracting audiences and, perhaps, generating income for an army of bloggers devoid of monetization.

    Among the new networks there are some unusual ideas, such as Grustnogram, or Saddengram, whose slogan is: "a social network for the sad".

    With an Instagram-like interface, Grustnogram automatically turns your photos into black and white and applies dark filters to express users ' nostalgia. In place of the Like button, the network provides a broken heart.

    The project's website urges users to "show their sadness to others to be sad together", in the best style of the famous phrase of the Brazilian composer Marilia Mendonca:"nobody will suffer alone, everyone will suffer".

    Grustnogram is, for now, the new favorite social network of the artist and harpist Diana Uspenskaya. According to her, the network is "the one that most communicates with the current context", in which "Russia was sad without social networks."

    Influencer Sebastena, who is looking for a new platform to stay connected with her acquaintances inside and outside Russia, has also opted for Grustnogram.

    "I took a look at all the new social networks, looked at the functionalities and saw which my acquaintances are registering on. I ended up opting for Grustnogram, " he told Sputnik Brasil.

    Monetisation

    Although the public may eventually migrate to new networks, the difficulty will be in transforming them into a space for monetization and advertising.

    "The biggest difficulty is not to launch a social network, but to ensure its commercial development," Sergei Vareikin, a professor in the chair of International Journalism at the Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO), told Sputnik Brazil.

    Before the blocking of Western networks, Instagram had already blocked the placement of ads by Russian companies. YouTube continues to be active in Russia, but does not allow users from the country to earn money on the platform.

    Against this background, the use of the Rutube platform is growing, which has been on the Russian market since 2006. On the platform it is possible to watch videos and series, as well as publish your own content.

    The Sputnik Brazil channel, which was banned from the YouTube platform for being a Russian media, found refuge on Rutube, as well as several other media that can no longer operate on traditional Western platforms.

    For Sergei Vareikin, the best bet for Russian bloggers and advertisers to monetize again is on networks already known to the public, such as VKontakte.

    "I believe that the best prospect now is for the VKontakte network. From a business point of view, it is always simpler to work with something already established," the expert believes.

    In March, VKontakte announced a record in traffic on the network, with a billion daily views of videos available on the platform.

    World divided into networks

    Regardless of the success of projects like Grustnogram, the dream of social networks that would unite the whole world on one platform seems to be increasingly distant.

    "We can say that the system is already regionalized. Let's look at China, Iran, the Arab world and various regions that use other alphabets and develop their own social networks," Vareikin said. "To say that certain social networks are 'Global' is to overestimate the reach of these platforms."

    The expert cites cases such as that of the Iranian social network Cloob or Chinese internet giants such as WeChat and Douyin.

    "In addition to the main language of use, one of the ways to classify a social network as national is in relation to the country in which the server with the data is located," Vareykin noted.

    User data collected by social networks is subject to the laws of the country in which the servers are physically located. In the U.S., for example, laws like the Patriot Act allow the state to access social media users ' personal data without a court order, in a completely legal way.

    One way to ensure the privacy of users, regardless of the location of the servers, would be international internet regulation.

    "I think the time has come, regardless of the current geopolitical crisis, for a regulation of the digital world, which is necessary and justifiable," Vareikin said. "We need to discuss issues such as disinformation, hate speech and anonymity on the Internet."

    As long as a common regime is not formulated, "States will continue to use social networks to achieve their tactical goals," the expert believes.

    Instagram and Facebook were banned in Russian territory on March 21, 2022 in response to the company's policy of allowing the publication of content associated with speech of violence against nationals of the country. Earlier, Western social networks had already suspended the application of monetization systems on digital platforms in Russia.

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    Post  magnumcromagnon Sat Apr 09, 2022 1:09 am

    Kiko wrote:No nostalgia for Zuckerberg: Russia uses creativity to replace Western social networks, 08.04.2022.

    After blocking Western social networks, Russian developers innovate with creative and unusual projects. Will the country be able to replace Mark Zuckerberg's digital platforms?

    Facebook Instagram on March 21, 2022, the most well-known social networks in the Western world, Instagram and Facebook (platforms belonging to the extremist company Meta, banned on the territory of Russia), belonging to the US billionaire Mark Zuckerberg, were banned in Russia.

    The reason: the company relaxed its policy against hate speech and began allowing publications that incite violence against Russian soldiers and citizens, as reported by Reuters.

    Since then, Russians have been looking for other platforms to stay connected. The country is not lacking in far-reaching social networks: the VKontakte network, which has been on the air since 2006, enjoys an audience of 100 million monthly active users, including Sputnik Brazil. The network has several features, such as conducting video calls, its own music player and even an internal payment system, VK Pay.

    Same as in Brazil and other countries, there is a generational divide between the main social networks in Russia. The most experienced generation focuses on Odnoklassniki, a name that can be translated as "classmate", or that of his former school friend. This social network still has energy and recorded a 66% increase in the number of users in the month of March.

    New platforms

    But Mark Zuckerberg's orphaned social media audience seems to be wanting something new. In recent weeks, several platforms have been launched in Russia with the aim of attracting audiences and, perhaps, generating income for an army of bloggers devoid of monetization.

    Among the new networks there are some unusual ideas, such as Grustnogram, or Saddengram, whose slogan is: "a social network for the sad".

    With an Instagram-like interface, Grustnogram automatically turns your photos into black and white and applies dark filters to express users ' nostalgia. In place of the Like button, the network provides a broken heart.

    The project's website urges users to "show their sadness to others to be sad together", in the best style of the famous phrase of the Brazilian composer Marilia Mendonca:"nobody will suffer alone, everyone will suffer".

    Grustnogram is, for now, the new favorite social network of the artist and harpist Diana Uspenskaya. According to her, the network is "the one that most communicates with the current context", in which "Russia was sad without social networks."

    Influencer Sebastena, who is looking for a new platform to stay connected with her acquaintances inside and outside Russia, has also opted for Grustnogram.

    "I took a look at all the new social networks, looked at the functionalities and saw which my acquaintances are registering on. I ended up opting for Grustnogram, " he told Sputnik Brasil.

    Monetisation

    Although the public may eventually migrate to new networks, the difficulty will be in transforming them into a space for monetization and advertising.

    "The biggest difficulty is not to launch a social network, but to ensure its commercial development," Sergei Vareikin, a professor in the chair of International Journalism at the Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO), told Sputnik Brazil.

    Before the blocking of Western networks, Instagram had already blocked the placement of ads by Russian companies. YouTube continues to be active in Russia, but does not allow users from the country to earn money on the platform.

    Against this background, the use of the Rutube platform is growing, which has been on the Russian market since 2006. On the platform it is possible to watch videos and series, as well as publish your own content.

    The Sputnik Brazil channel, which was banned from the YouTube platform for being a Russian media, found refuge on Rutube, as well as several other media that can no longer operate on traditional Western platforms.

    For Sergei Vareikin, the best bet for Russian bloggers and advertisers to monetize again is on networks already known to the public, such as VKontakte.

    "I believe that the best prospect now is for the VKontakte network. From a business point of view, it is always simpler to work with something already established," the expert believes.

    In March, VKontakte announced a record in traffic on the network, with a billion daily views of videos available on the platform.

    World divided into networks

    Regardless of the success of projects like Grustnogram, the dream of social networks that would unite the whole world on one platform seems to be increasingly distant.

    "We can say that the system is already regionalized. Let's look at China, Iran, the Arab world and various regions that use other alphabets and develop their own social networks," Vareikin said. "To say that certain social networks are 'Global' is to overestimate the reach of these platforms."

    The expert cites cases such as that of the Iranian social network Cloob or Chinese internet giants such as WeChat and Douyin.

    "In addition to the main language of use, one of the ways to classify a social network as national is in relation to the country in which the server with the data is located," Vareykin noted.

    User data collected by social networks is subject to the laws of the country in which the servers are physically located. In the U.S., for example, laws like the Patriot Act allow the state to access social media users ' personal data without a court order, in a completely legal way.

    One way to ensure the privacy of users, regardless of the location of the servers, would be international internet regulation.

    "I think the time has come, regardless of the current geopolitical crisis, for a regulation of the digital world, which is necessary and justifiable," Vareikin said. "We need to discuss issues such as disinformation, hate speech and anonymity on the Internet."

    As long as a common regime is not formulated, "States will continue to use social networks to achieve their tactical goals," the expert believes.

    Instagram and Facebook were banned in Russian territory on March 21, 2022 in response to the company's policy of allowing the publication of content associated with speech of violence against nationals of the country. Earlier, Western social networks had already suspended the application of monetization systems on digital platforms in Russia.

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