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Kazakh President Slams Social Networks For 'Spreading Lies'

  • RFE/RL's Kazakh Service

Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbaev: "Propagating violence and evil.”

Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbaev: "Propagating violence and evil.”

ASTANA – Kazakhstan's President Nursultan Nazarbaev has condemned online social networks and information technologies for what he describes as “spreading lies and propagating violence and evil.”

Speaking at the Fourth Congress of the World’s Traditional Religions in Astana, Nazarbaev said that “instead of distributing real knowledge, social networks often pour floods of lies, split societies, and create walls within countries.”

The president proposed the creation of an online portal that could help people get involved in the work of the world's traditional religions.

In April, speaking to the Russian television channel Rossia-24, Nazarbaev criticized Western countries for “pushing their values to other countries via social networks and information technologies.”

He blamed social networks for triggering the Arab Spring movement and pushing Arab nations back 15 years economically.
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