Poroshenko said goodbye to the readers of “Vkontakte” and “Classmates”

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The President of Ukraine announced the closure of their pages in sanctioned social networks and urged all compatriots to follow his example

Petro Poroshenko announced the refusal from conducting the official page of the President of Ukraine in the Russian social networks “Vkontakte” and “Classmates”, on which before they were sanctioned.

According to the President of Ukraine, still, these pages were used “in order to influence the opponents and counter-propaganda, but now it’s time to act more decisively.”

“The Ukrainian Internet service providers must stop providing access to “Vkontakte”, “Classmates”, “Yandex” and other Russian services. Official page of the President in these services will be closed. I urge all compatriots to immediately leave the Russian servers because of security reasons”, — stated in the last post Poroshenko in both social networks. Comments to this entry in a network “Vkontakte” is prohibited.

The President also said that he will continue to lead your page in networks Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, as well as retain channel on Youtube.

Earlier on Tuesday it became known that Poroshenko by his decree ordered the Ukrainian Internet service providers three years to block user access to the services of Russian companies “Yandex” and Mail.Ru social networks “Vkontakte” and “Classmates”.

While at the time of publication of the decree on the official website of the President of Ukraine under the text of the document, as before, were placed “button”, “Vkontakte”, allows you to share the decree about blocking of “Vkontakte” in the “Vkontakte”. But then, this “button” has disappeared, and previously published with its help, the posts were left without a “source”.

As authorities blocked the Internet


Internet in China started its development in conditions of strict control, causing the connection of the local segment of the Internet global Network is poorly diversified and may be more amenable to control by the authorities. The experts note that about 75% of the bonds of local IP addresses is done through a single node, which creates the technical possibility of control of the Internet. In China since 2003, a system of filtering Internet traffic “Golden shield”, which is known under the name “Great Chinese firewall”. The system blocks certain sites from a blacklist their IP or URL, as well as using packet filter data blocks sites by keywords. The country has limited access to such social networks as Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, Twitter, the search engines, including Google, the world’s largest media and other websites and services. It is believed that Internet restrictions are used to deal with dissent. However, the authorities can develop local Internet services: the most popular social network in the country — WeChat (about 800 million active users per month), and the audience microblogging Sina Weibo is approaching the audience on Twitter. In 2017, the authorities announced a new campaign to tighten controls on the Internet, in the centre of which stood the combat in private virtual networks (VPN), which had previously cost Internet restrictions.


The Turkish authorities have repeatedly limited access to certain Internet resources. Temporary blocking of Twitter and Facebook, according to media reports, was to prevent the country banned the dissemination of unofficial information about the attacks. In July 2016 during the military coup, the authorities sharply limited access to YouTube, Facebook, Twitter. Then the authorities shut down access to WikiLeaks after the organization published nearly 300 thousand emails of members of the ruling party of justice and development party (AKP). In December 2016 was reported on the blocking in the country Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp and YouTube, which human rights activists connected with the arrest of opposition leader Selahattin Demirtaş. In April 2017, it was reported that the Turkish authorities have blocked access to the online encyclopedia “Wikipedia” in all areas of the country. This happened once in mid-April, the country held a referendum in which more than half of Turkish citizens supported the empowerment of the President. Council on information technologies and communications referred to criticized the opposition for the restriction of freedom of speech, the law “On regulation of Internet broadcasting and the struggle with crimes committed in this sphere”. In early may, the Ankara court dismissed the appeal of the Wikimedia Foundation, which asked her to stop blocking Wikipedia.


The system of filtering Internet traffic is also valid in the Islamic Republic of Iran. The authorities of the country in 2017, pointed out that about 27 million young Iranians use social network Facebook and messenger Telegram, stating that in 2016, has blocked more than 160 thousand social media profiles and Internet pages. Meanwhile, the Creator of the messenger Telegram Pavel Durov said that in Iran, the messenger is particularly popular and he has about 40 million active users. In April 2017, it was reported that Internet service providers and mobile operators in Iran by a court decision blocked the function of voice calls in the Telegram.


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