Russian government commission reportedly endorses Duma legislation banning anonymity on instant messengers
The Russian government has reportedly approved draft legislation now moving through the State Duma that would ban anonymity on instant messengers, requiring users to register their accounts with their real names verified through their telephone numbers. The government commission hasn’t yet released its report on the legislation, but the newspaper Vedomosti says it has obtained an advance copy of the endorsement.
According to Vedomosti, the government is supporting the draft law, though its report complains that some of the terminology in the bill is still too vague, such as language about a “list of users’ information subject to their identification.”
The government reportedly says the legislation is necessary because of growing problems with instant messenger accounts widely distributing communications “that contain information that is illegal in Russia.”