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MOSCOW, March 29 - RAPSI. Popular social network Facebook has removed prohibited content which promotes suicide, according to the order issued by the Russian consumer rights watchdog on March 28, Kommersant writes on Friday.
An expert commission decided that several pages on the popular social networking website promoted suicide. As a result, Facebook risked being blocked in Russia.
The content in question was published by the Suicide School community on Facebook. The group's page has now been added to the state register of websites which contain harmful content.
At the moment there are two groups of the same name on Facebook. The social network blocked both so as to meet the Russian authority's request.
The law On Protecting Children from Information Harmful to Their Health and Development stipulates that an internet resource should be shut down unless it removes the prohibited content within three days of receiving official notification.
The law came into force on September 1, 2012 and established an automated register of domain names of websites which contain prohibited information, including child pornography, ways of committing suicide and instructions on how to make drugs. If this kind of information is found, the website may be closed without the courts' involvement.
If a website contains other kinds of prohibited information, the decision to close it can only be taken by a court. The consumer rights regulator is responsible for adding these websites to the register.