The order to “slow down Twitter” and threats to finally crack down on social networks were conceived to put society into a state of submissive horror, but “it worked out as always.”
The coming of this day has been waiting for more than one year – the Russian government launched a real attack on the “great and mighty” Twitter, which did not submit to Trump himself.
At first, they decided to “slow down” him for refusing to delete everything that our bosses did not like, and then they completely intimidated him with a complete shutdown if he continued to be stubborn. In any case, the deputy head of Roskomnadzor Vadim Subbotin stated that there were already “legal grounds” for this, which, in fact, few doubted. Facebook was told to take a queue at the scaffold.
It would seem that the Kremlin fired from a long-loaded “main battery” and everyone around should sit down in submissive horror. Why are there only jokes and joyful excitement around, as if a big confetti firecracker had exploded?
Indeed, our government has decided to act in the worldwide network with the most convenient tool for it – a crowbar. The slowdown in the work of Twitter in Russia, which Roskomnadzor began on March 10, is the first sign in this direction. All the necessary legislation is ready, and any social network or messenger can be blocked at any time. There would be an independent resource, but there will always be legal grounds for its closure.
The statement by Anton Gorelkin, a member of the State Duma Committee on Information Policy, that Facebook will be the next candidate to slow down traffic, makes the trend very clear. Consistent steps in this direction may lead to the fact that in the open access for ordinary (not advanced) Internet users will remain several tens or hundreds of “correct”, from the point of view of the authorities, sites and programs.
However, the difference between the Internet and television is that it is very difficult to “close” it entirely. Locks are bypassed without much difficulty, there would be a desire. And it will only grow among millions of Russian citizens, because they are simply tired of the irreplaceable government, which is simply unable to offer the people anything other than poking and shouting.
As they say, “on that and would have parted” – you give us a new ban, we, swallowing tears, download another VPN client. But, as they say, “it turned out as always.”
Instead of Twitter, the sites of the Kremlin, the State Duma, and many other authorities, including (drum roll) Roskomnadzor itself, slowed down, and in places to a complete stop!
And here, instead of general submissive horror, unrestrained fun began.
Probably, there are people who were seriously scared for their “cozy little social network”, but completely different people set the tone. Those who are told: “this is just a coincidence,” and they laugh in response. They scare that it is American hackers who have launched a cyberattack – they laugh even more. Peskov swears that “everything opens up in the Kremlin” – they begin to speculate about what kind of computers they have there so special.
Moreover, all this laughter and shouting on the lawn takes place for the most part in the very same Twitter, which by that time was supposed to slow down to a complete daze (preferably, along with all the merry fellows inhabiting it).
Then the version is widely diverged that it was Roskomnadzor that set up its miracle devices in such a way that, aiming at the foreign social network, aptly “put” his native Rostelecom, and with it a hefty piece of Runet in the bargain.
If this is true, then this is no longer the notorious “shot in the leg”, but some kind of kick in the ass during a backflip.
No matter how hard the state propagandists tried to catch up with the pathos, the “frivolous” reaction to the attack on Twitter showed that attempts to create an information monopoly in the Russian-speaking segment of the Internet have generally failed.
Maybe the Kremlin has tape-rewound and constantly sparkling buttons “disable”, “forbid”, “punish”, but it seems that the button “scare” is gone.
Author: Evgeny Evdokimov