The creation of a self-regulatory registry of toxic content on the Internet could be completed before the end of 2022. This was stated on Monday by Igor Ashmanov, a member of the Council under the President of the Russian Federation for the development of civil society and human rights, at the XI International Safe Internet Forum.

“I expect that this will be a volunteer project, in which each branch will be dealt with by those who are professionally involved in this,” Ashmanov said.

He noted that in order to form a registry of toxic content, volunteers-experts in various fields, who are now being selected, will be needed. “An expert council will be formed from them, work will be organized, some editors will be given to help and technical means. I hope that this project will develop, we will launch it this year,” Ashmanov said.

What is toxic?

Recall that Igor Ashmanov came up with the idea of creating a platform for labeling toxic content on the Internet in December 2021. He refers to toxic content information about violence, suicide, the danger of vaccinations, radical feminism, refusal to have children, and encouragement of LGBT people.

What is planned to be done with the content?

Content is supposed to be marked according to the degree of toxicity – from prohibited to unwanted. The data in the catalog will be divided into topics with justification for the undesirability of the category. Also there will be links to existing sites, groups on the network, screenshots. Social networks, instant messengers and the media will be able to connect to the registry through technological connectors, as well as receive recommendations on how to use the registry.

Earlier, Russian President Vladimir Putin, following a meeting of the Human Rights Council held in December 2021, instructed to consider proposals for the creation of a self-regulatory registry of toxic content on the Internet to protect minors. The deadline for completion is June 1, 2022. Member Ashmanov made a corresponding proposal at the meeting.

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