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Vkontakte cannot be 100% banned, but it is important to limit audience
17:25, 22 May 2017
Vkontakte cannot be 100% banned, but it is important to limit audience

Presidential Administration believes that reduction of VK audience will limit the possibility of data collection by Russian special services

17:25, 22 May 2017

Press service of Ukrainian President

The President’s Office recognized that it is impossible to block Russian social networks 100 per cent, however called the significant limitation of audience number an achievement, noting this would decrease the possibility of data collection. This was reported by Dmytro Shymkiv, the deputy head of the Presidential Administration of Ukraine on administrative, social and economic reforms, during the round table in the Ukrainian Institute for the Future, according to 112.ua correspondent. 

"Indeed, we cannot prohibit it 100%, this is a fact. Blocking system works at the url level, very primitive and simple, at the dns level. There is an issue regarding traffic analysis, that gets a little more complicated. Then goes managing packages, when we discuss package analysis, that is where all the theses about millions and billions come from. It is possible to cut off Vkontakte audience with the use of url, dns and traffic management," Shymkiv noted.

According to him, traffic fall among Ukrainian audience will make it harder to Russian special services. 

"At the same time, VPN and TOR remove a lot of your data, geolocation particularly. And this is also a fact that it would limit the possibility of Russian special services to collect information. And this is about limiting the amount of audience too. Users’ outflow from Vkontakte can be observed already. It is important for us to decrease the audience, and I consider significant limitation of audience number an achievement," Shymkiv added.

As it was reported earlier, on May 16, 2017, President Petro Poroshenko signed the decree banning major Russian web portals and social networks in Ukraine; Yandex.ru, Vk.com, Odnoklassniki.ru users in Ukraine will lose their accounts and will have no access to the respective websites.

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