Roskomnadzor will check the group “Vkontakte” on the “inducing” children to suicide

Roskomnadzor will check the information provided in the investigation of “Novaya Gazeta” of the “Group of death”, said RBC official representative of the Minister Vadim Ampelonskiy.

Material published in the edition of “Novaya Gazeta” on may 16. Observer publishing Galina mursalieva, together with relatives of the students who committed suicide, revealed the network of private groups in the largest Russian social network “Vkontakte”, in which the unknowns predispose children to suicide. “Novaya Gazeta” managed to establish that in six months from November 2015 to April 2016 — up to 130 of minors held in these groups, committed suicide.

Experts of Roskomnadzor, prior to the publication of the material met with the chief editor of “Novaya Gazeta” Dmitry Muratov, who gave all the specifics as set out in article content,” said Ampelonskiy. According to him, the data are reviewed in Roskomnadzor and Rospotrebnadzor, fighting the propaganda of suicide among minors on the Internet according to the Federal law “On protection of children from information harmful to their health and development”. “In the coming days we will submit it to the registry [blocked under the law “On the protection of children…” sites] the url provided to communities where it is confirmed the existence of illegal information,” said Ampelonskiy.

He also noted that since the entry into force of the law “On the protection of children” in the unified register were made more than 3 thousand references on the subject of “suicide”, of which almost 2 thousand is “community, similar to those referred to in the article is “New”. “The outdoor segment of the Internet from such groups has been cleared almost completely, but the creators of such communities now make them private, which limits the capabilities of standard monitoring specialized public organizations working with us on this subject”, — explained the representative of Roskomnadzor. However, private groups, where the access is only possible by invitation, was closed a few hundred, he said.

“If the community is devoted to the description of methods of suicide or justification of the topic, it will be locked permanently without the right of appeal”, — told RBC press Secretary of “Vkontakte” Eugene Krasnikov. According to him, the social network is struggling with this phenomenon as their own, regularly monitor the site, and in response to the signal user and regulator — Roskomnadzor”. Krasnikov also urged users to complain about content that they consider illegal, and to seek help for our agents and support”. “No appeal and no complaint do not remain without attention”, — said the representative of “Vkontakte”.

The interaction with the social network for such groups “productive, they react quickly — such groups are removed”, Ampelonskiy confirmed. He noted that “it is not always possible to prosecute the creators of such groups”. “It is the job of law enforcement. It is objectively difficult to establish the identity of the creators of a community and to prove their involvement in specific crimes,” concluded the representative of Roskomnadzor.