Outlaw anonymous messaging!

The Moscow Times reports:

A new bill banning anonymous users from using online messenger apps has been submitted to the Russian parliament.

The plans would require users of apps such as WhatsApp and Telegram to identify themselves with their cell phone number.

Russian-language media are confirming this. It would be a waste of time to comment on the evils of the latest bill designed to make life harder for decent people, since the Russian parliament’s raison d’être seems to be precisely that – making decent folk miserable. However, technological innovation springs eternal, and gods have a weakness for black humor.

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