The Russian social network Odnoklassniki blocked Nicolae Petrov, a young man of 18 who owned the largest group in Moldova entitled “Latest News from Moldova”. The community of 369,000 people discussed daily news in Moldova.
Nicolae also held a jokes group in Russian with more than 1 million members and a YouTube group with 230,000 members. Thus, by blocking it, all three groups comprising around 1.6 million people were deleted.
The given reason for blocking him was Point 6.24 of the rules of the Russian social network: “distribution of spam and advertising”. More than 50 links to news sites in Moldova were posted daily to the group, and this was considered “spam.”
“I think the group was blocked because it promoted the idea of unification of Moldova with Romania,” Petrov said. He contacted the site administrator, but received an answer saying that his profile can not be restored.
Community members from “Latest News from Moldova” group, are preparing a flash-mob where each person will send a complaint to the administration during this week.