Russian recipe websites must disclose "foreign agent" status

Russian recipe websites must disclose "foreign agent" status
Pyotr Tolstoy

"The provision applies to all information resources, from television channels and print media to social network users, medical or recipe sites, for instance" Pyotr Tolstoy said.

Mass media, social network users and even websites with small target audience will be obliged to mark their posts with a disclosure that the reposted material was taken from a media outlet recognized as a foreign agent, said State Duma deputy speaker Pyotr Tolstoy. The meeting is broadcast on the website of the State Duma.

"When distributing and quoting materials created by foreign media, they will have to reveal that a foreign agent was their source of information," he said.

"The provision applies to all information resources, from television channels and print media to social network users, medical or recipe sites, for instance" Pyotr Tolstoy said. "It’s alright; if someone reposts information by a foreign agent, the provisions of the foreign agent law will be applied."

Yesterday, Tolstoy said that social network users, including those of Facebook, would be obliged to mark their posts with a disclosure that the text is reposted from a foreign agent media outlet.

In November, President Vladimir Putin signed a law on Foreign Agent media that receive funding from abroad. The State Duma is now considering amendments to the bill, although some of the wordings in the document seem ambiguous. 

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