“Russian Facebook” founder flees country after being forced out as CEO

Does Edward Snowden know about this latest action by his BFF, Vladimir Putin? From Ars Technica:

Pavel Durov, the founder of Vkontakte (VK)—the largest social network in Russia—said on Tuesday that he fled the country one day after being forced out of the company, claiming that he felt threatened by Kremlin officials.

In a post on his profile page on Monday, Durov explained that he was fired from his position as CEO of VK and that the so-called “Russian Facebook” is now “under the complete control” of two oligarchs close to President Vladimir Putin.

Durov explained that after seven years of relative social media freedom in Russia, his refusal to share user data with Russian law enforcement has set him at odds with the Kremlin, which has recently been trying to tighten its grip on the Internet, according to The Moscow Times.

This despite Mr Durov’s invitation to the Russian government to censor his site.

VK’s former CEO says that despite his multiple refusals of Kremlin requests to censor his site in a similar fashion to how it filters print and TV news, the site—which boasts 143 million registered users globally, 88 million of whom are based in Russia—is now effectively under state control.

Wait–Russia has censorship? Why would Edward Snowden go to such a freedom-hating hellhole?

To all the silly kids who think Snowden is a hero, I ask how do you reconcile his affinity for former KGB officer Vladimir Putin with your outrage over government spying? Never mind. Anyone who could vote for Barack Obama and claim to be concerned about an all-powerful government isn’t exactly a master of logic and critical thinking, and I suspect a large number of these Snowdenites all into that category. (For a very interesting analysis of the similarities, please read this excellent piece by one time Teri O’Brien Show guest, Daniel Greenfield of the blog, Sultan Knish.)

You can’t make this stuff up.

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