Different countries seem to be taking very different strategies when it comes to thinking about the role of social media in citizen protests against governments. Some are blocking certain sites, or shutting down the internet entirely. However, over in Russia, as pointed out by Julian Sanchez
, it appears that the leadership is considering simply making social media sites responsible for what users say on them
Security agencies have proposed that owners of social-media sites be made responsible for all comments on their sites, a way to pressure them to turn over data on individual users who might be subject to criminal prosecution.
Of course, foreign companies -- such as Facebook and Twitter -- can probably resist such pressure to some extent, but it could cause some problems. On top of that, the report notes that the Kremlin trained a special "school of bloggers" to counteract social media efforts that go against the government. Yes, they have their own Web 2.0 propaganda force.