Saturday December 27, 2014

U.S. Tech Firms Face Showdown with Russian Censors

The cold war is long gone and for a time, it looked like Russia was going the way of its democratic neighbors, but something changed all of that. Russia is now preparing to trade blows with three of the US’s largest social media companies, all at the same time, over censorship and the right to freedom of speech.

Until now, companies have often complied with Russia’s legal orders to remove content, rather than risk a government blackout. But the firms have become more wary as the government has given itself new powers to regulate the Internet. And the very public nature of this episode leaves the U.S. tech companies facing a dilemma.