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Russian MP proposes social media ban for children under 14

Staff Writer |
Lawmaker Vitaly Milonov has proposed to regulate the use of social media and among others to prohibit children under the age of 14 years from using social networks, according to the database of the parliament’s lower house.

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The bill, aimed to enhance security of minors, has been submitted to the State Duma.

Milonov also offered to permit registration of social media users only with submission of their passport details, an explanatory note to the bill reads. This measure will resolve the problem of fake accounts, according to the MP.

Moreover, the draft law introduces ban on distance selling various goods to social media users, who have not reached the age of 18, and toughens administrative penalties for organization of unauthorized rallies through social networks.

Earlier, in 2016, Milonov suggested giving parents full access to their children’s social media accounts. The proposal was aimed to prevent children from possible contacts with terrorists and other ill-minded persons, according to the lawmaker’s press service.

Recently, cases of recruitment for terrorist organizations and inciting teenagers to commit suicide on social media became more frequent.

A criminal case was opened in May 2016 after several Russian media outlets reported about so-called Groups of Death, numerous groups where young people were encouraged to kill themselves.

Investigators claim that from December 2013 to May 2016 eight Groups of Death were registered on Vkontakte network.

Fifteen teenagers from various regions of Russia were members of these groups and committed suicide.

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