Intel Shuts Down Russian Developer Forums To Comply With Russia’s ‘Blogger Law’
Add Intel to the growing list of U.S. tech companies that are changing up some of their policies and business in Russia as a result of the government’s tightening reign on Internet use. Citing Russia’s new „Blogger Law” that was first introduced last year, Intel has shut down all of its popular Russian-language developer forums. The company tells us that it is now redirecting users to post on Intel pages hosted on third-party sites, or to Intel’s own developer forums that continue to be run in English, and hosted outside of Russia.
A little backstory: Russia’s blogger law effectively stipulates that sites with more than 3,000 daily readers are subject to tighter controls and monitoring by the Russian Internet regulator, Roskomnadzor. Among the requirements for authors on these sites: mandatory registration with Roskomnadzor and being subject to the same rules as professional journalists, which are registered with the state.
Those who violate the…
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