CALVERT JOURNAL - Apr 28 - VKontakte, Russia’s answer to Facebook, is in trouble. Last week, police searched VKontakte offices in connection to a road traffic incident. VKontakte’s 28-year-old founder Pavel Durov is suspected of being involved in a hit-and-run. The police search has sparked concern among Russian netizens and internet watchers who see the move as the latest in a line of government attempts to silence political debate online. VKontakte has ~190M registered users around the world and targets a Russian-speaking audience. The main difference between Facebook and VKontakte is how VKontakte is often used: to illegally watch music, films and porn that have been uploaded by other users. The company’s failure to remove unlicensed content has meant that it has been dogged by controversy since it launched in 2006.
by Elena Pakhomova
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