The company Avito sent a letter to the Government of the Russian Federation, where it asked not to adopt the amendments to the law “On Information” in its current form and offered to include representatives of the industry in the process of discussing the draft law.
The amendments made to the draft law concern the activities of classifieds. The authorities believe that there are currently no clearly defined responsibilities of owners of online services in the Russian Federation. At the same time, such platforms gather a huge number of Russian users, exceeding the indicators of some social networks, and the companies that own many sites are located abroad.
Therefore, it was proposed to limit the share of foreign ownership of classifieds to 20%, and the services must establish a single audience meter and specify an e-mail address for interaction with Roskomnadzor. Such amendments were proposed on June 10, and on July 5 it became known that the State Duma approved this draft law in the first reading. The foreign ownership reduction will need to be sold within 2 months or services may be blocked.
Later, it turned out that Avito did not agree with such amendments, writes Baza. The service falls under these requirements – it is owned by the Dutch company Prosus. Avito believes that the changes in the draft law will slow down the development of online services, and they also introduce “excessive, excessively blurred and inappropriate to the level of social significance regulation.” In addition, the requirements are written vaguely, and the company believes that the bill “is being adopted in a hurry, despite all the arguments, facts and common sense.”