In the state Duma advised to reject the bill to ban social networks for children up to 14 years

Profile Committee of the state Duma recommended to reject the bill of the Deputy Vitaly Milonov, which included a ban on the use of social networks by children under 14 years. The decision taken on Friday, June 9, Interfax reports.

The Chairman of the Committee on information policy, information technologies and communications Leonid Levin noted that the document caused a negative public outcry and sharp criticism both from experts and from the party Source (“United Russia”).

“It is hoped that the author of the bill to postpone its re-making and will consult widely with the professional community, and then determine whether it needs such an initiative,” said Levin.

The Committee noted that the Internet differs from the traditional sphere of interests of the Deputy.

The government has submitted a bill to the state Duma in April. It also contains a clause that prohibits Russians from using social networks during working hours. Levin immediately criticized the initiative: according to him, such a law can throw Russia into a third world country for the protection of civil rights.

At the same time almost two thirds of Russians (about 62 percent) supported the bill, according to the survey conducted by VTSIOM.