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Yesterday, we talked about Google's plan to down-rank search results for RT and Sputnik in an effort
November 22 · Issue #33 · View online
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Yesterday, we talked about Google’s plan to down-rank search results for RT and Sputnik in an effort to reduce the spread of Russian propaganda here at home. This idea has proven to be somewhat unpopular in Russia! Here’s Reuters:
Alexander Zharov, head of media regulator Roskomnadzor, said his agency sent a letter to Google on Tuesday requesting clarification on comments Saturday by Alphabet Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt about how the Russian websites would be treated in search, according to Interfax.
“We will receive an answer and understand what to do next,” Interfax quoted Zharov as saying. “We hope our opinion will be heard, and we won’t have to resort to more serious” retaliatory measures.
How exactly might Russia retaliate? Sadly, Zharov did not elaborate. So let your imagination go wild! 
Incidentally, it isn’t just Google that Zharov is making retaliation plans about. Here’s BuzzFeed:
Russia may prevent Facebook from working within the country if the company does not comply with its laws on data storage, according to a Russian official.
On Tuesday, Alexander Zharov, the head of the country’s telecom watchdog, said Facebook executives would travel to the country at the end of the year or in early January to discuss compliance with Russian regulations. As of September 2015, Russian law requires that foreign internet companies store the personal data of Russian users on servers within the country.
“We will discuss with them all the issues, including localization of databases and prompt removal of prohibited content,“ Zharov said, according to state news agency Tass.
Happy Thanksgiving! (The Interface will be off Thursday and Friday.)

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And finally
Thanks to all of you who have written in with comments, questions, and support for the first 32 issues of The Interface. I’m grateful to those of you who have shared the newsletter with friends and on social media, and those who have clicked the thumbs up button at the end of the newsletter to induce in me a mild endorphin rush. 
Thanks also to my supportive editors and all the fine folks at Vox Media who have offered their encouragement, starting with Annemarie Dooling, our newsletter guru. 
I’ve spent a lot of time over the past year feeling scared and useless, and now when I do, I turn my attention to this fun creative project that has already taught me a ton about tech and policy, and hopefully has given some shape to these issues for you as well. 
So, like I said: Happy Thanksgiving! 
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