Putin Warns Against Tech Giants Becoming Competitors To States
Muhammad Irfan 1 month ago Wed 27th January 2021 | 06:20 PM
Moscow, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 27th Jan, 2021 ) :Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday warned against the increasing influence of large technology companies, which he said are "competing" with states.
"These are not just economic giants. In some areas they are already de facto competing with the state," Putin said during his address to the Davos virtual economic summit.
Moscow earlier this week accused US tech giants of interfering in Russia's internal affairs, in particular during anti-government protests led by supporters of jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny on Saturday.
On Wednesday, the chairman of the lower house State Duma's foreign interference committee, Vasily Piskaryov, said that the head of TikTok's Russian branch had been invited to parliament for a conversation.
Piskaryov was cited by the TASS news agency as saying that "questions had piled up" about the China-based video-sharing service.
In recent months, TikTok has emerged as a popular platform for young Russians to express their political views.