Russia's VKontakte fined for violating advertising regulation
MOSCOW, September 17 (RAPSI) – The Federal Antimonopoly Service (FAS) has fined the VKontakte social network 100,000 rubles (over $1,500) for posting advertisements that were not age rated, RIA Novosti/Prime reported on Thursday, citing a statement o the watchdog.
The Moscow FAS department acted on a complaint from a user who said that the network posted advertisement of a popular musical film, online poker and interface apps without providing age ratings such as 6+, 12+, 16+, or 18+. The user provided screenshots to prove his point.
A commission at the Moscow FAS office concluded that VKontakte had violated the law on advertising, under which advertisements of information products that are to be age rated in accordance with the federal law On Protecting Children from Information Harmful to Their Health and Development must include age ratings.