The number of fake stories and cybercrimes is increasing in proportion to the time that young people spend online
At present, based on 302 decisions from the Prosecutor General’s Office, 161 resources have already been blocked, and prohibited information has been removed from around 1,500 Internet pages. [...] Roughly 5,000 fake topics were identified, 2,000 of them were revised, and about 3,000 messages were deleted — Bella Cherkesova, Deputy Minister of Digital Development, Communications, and Mass Media of the Russian Federation.
In the first half of 2020, there was a 50% increase in the number of cybercrimes, of which 59% were committed through social networks, and 23% through fake websites. Who spends the most time online? It’s clearly the youth audience — Yulia Mihaleva, Deputy Director, Russian Quality System (Roskachestvo).
Research shows that every Russian spends an average of seven hours a day online, i.e., a full working day. And I’m sure this figure is much higher for young people. […] All the problems that have just been voiced are absolutely relevant and concern young people. Destructive content is being distributed, and we’re talking not only about illegal content, but also about such ugly things as cyberbullying and trash content. There are also concerns about data safety — Vadim Glushchenko, Director, Center for Global IT-Cooperation.