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Russia’s social network lifts ban on political ads with strict restrictions
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Russia’s social network lifts ban on political ads with strict restrictions

by susanlisaJune 9, 2017

Website’s ban on political advertising shall not apply to campaign materials in Russian Federation. Russia’s most popular social network, has lifted a ban on political advertisements, albeit with strict limitations that are likely to benefit the country’s political establishment. In a Facebook post on Monday, Kovalev drew attention to new rules posted on Vkontakte, which state that the website’s ban on political advertising shall not apply to campaign materials in the Russian Federation.”Vkontakte will only sell ad space to political candidates officially registered with Russia’s Central Election Commission, registered political parties, and social Organizations whose members are registered.
Vkontakte expressly bans “any advertisements of a political nature,” including ads by political publications, state deputies’ websites, “political actors,” state officials, and protesters, as well as any ads disseminating “opinions about political events.”

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