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Russian regulator bans Vkontakte social network website

The Russian communications regulator has put the countries most popular social networking website Vkontakte on a banned website list today.

Several Russian areas have reported that they couldn’t access the domain vk.com. Shortly afterwards the regulator’s representative explained that the social network had been entered into the registry of banned websites http://zapret-info.gov.ru. But it was an accident.

A representative of Roskomnadzor told the Interfax news agency “It was a mistake that was led to by a human factor.” According to the representative, the mistake has now been fixed. According to the Wall Street Journal Vkontakte ‘continued to stay on the registry after the statement.’

The registry is normally used to ban offensive websites featuring explicit content, including child pornography, drug use and suicide websites. It is not fool proof however as they have accidentally banned huge websites such as Google, Wikipedia and Yandex in the past.

Kitguru says: A costly mistake for Vkontakte.

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