Russian Authorities request regarding Drugoi's entry

On January 10, 2013, the LiveJournal management was officially informed by the Federal Service for Supervision in the Sphere of Telecom, Information Technologies, and Mass Communications (of the Russian Federation) that URL has been added to the Common registry of domain names, URLs, and network addresses for identification of websites, containing information that is prohibited for distribution in the Russian Federation, the registry entry 193-RI.

According to Part 7 of Article 15.1. of the Federal Law "On Information, Information Technologies, and Information Protection", we are required to inform the owner of the blog, hosted by us, within 24 hours since the notification has been received, that he or she have to immediately remove the information, which is prohibited for distribution in the Russian Federation.

In compliance with request from banned sites registry operator, the LiveJournal Abuse Team came to the decision to block access to the above-noted blog entry in Russian Federation. Internet users in the Russian Federation will see an error message 451: "The page is blocked due to the decision of the authorities in your area." Users in other countries can still access it.

LiveJournal Team


Status Update: possible slowness and access problems

LiveJournal is currently up, but you may encounter some problems while attempting to use the service. Specifically, some pages may load slowly, the site may not respond when trying to login, and attempting to post entries or comments may result in intermittent errors. For people using certain Internet Service Providers (ISPs), LiveJournal is completely unavailable.

While LiveJournal has experienced some issues with our servers which we have posted about earlier, these issues have been resolved. The current problems are being caused by a sharp increase in malicious traffic which began on December 31. The first wave of that traffic was targeted at profile pages. As a temporary response to this, we disabled profile pages to maintain availability of the rest of the service.

We have already un-blocked profile pages but at this time, but some people using ISPs which have contributed to the malicious traffic are still being blocked by our mitigation system. We understand that there are legitimate users affected by this; in order to allow these people to access the site, we are taking steps to make the list of blocked addresses more precise so no legitimate users are affected.

In case your ISP is being blocked, there are several ways you can try to access the site:

  • The Opera browser has a Turbo mode which works like a proxy server; LiveJournal may be available through this feature in Opera;
  • If have access to an alternate ISP, try connecting through that ISP;
  • You can try using any proxy servers available to you so your request is routed through networks that are not being blocked. If you do this, we strongly suggest you only use the servers you trust; passing your username and password through an untrusted network (e.g. in order to log in) can result in your account being compromised.

We apologize for the inconvenience these problems have caused.


Happy New Year!

Dear friends,

LiveJournal team is celebrating this New Year with an explicit drive. We are heading to the second year of a special attitude towards both bloggers and blogosphere. It has been a year when we got out of comfort zone and took a leap ahead. It took us lots of bent and promising vigorous experts. With passion did we spend the former, for business profit did we headhunt the latter.

We are at the gate of the New Year, a year of development, growth, and care of the blogosphere members.

Our best wishes to the best LJ bloggers and guests! Have cheerful holidays and awesome year with LiveJournal!

LJ team


Site maintenance

Recently users have been experiencing difficulties with access to some pages on LiveJournal: pages are loading slowly, comments can’t be added, etc. This is happening because of an uneven distribution of the load on our servers: data is stored on multiple servers, and some of that data is accessed more frequently than other data, causing some servers to be overloaded while others can handle more requests for data than they're currently getting. We are starting maintenance now in order to more evenly distribute the data and load amongst the servers to improve site performance.

Maintenance could take anywhere from 1-4 hours, and during this time some journals will be available for reading only; some accounts will not be able to login or post new content during this process.  After the account is moved to another server the full access will be restored automatically.

If you have any questions or problems with access to your journal on December 29, please contact our Support Team.

Please accept our apologies for any inconvenience.


Secure or not?

How secure is your password? Are you sure that no one can guess it and access your account?

Having a secure password helps ensure that your entries and comments will be safe. We are in the process of changing the requirements for passwords to help keep everyone's accounts secure, but unfortunately this work was still in progress when some users received messages about their passwords being insecure. Some password and symbols were mis-identified as being disallowed as a result of this.

We have corrected this mistake, and you will no longer receive such messages. However, we recommend that you review your password security to keep your account safe.

From now on, the requirements for LiveJournal passwords are that they must:

  • Be between 6 and 30 characters long.
  • Use only ASCII characters (characters found on a standard US keyboard).
  • Must contain at least 4 different symbols.
  • Contain at least 1 number or special symbol.
  • Have at least 1 capital and 1 lower-case letter.
  • Not be based on your username, displayed name, email address, or a commonly used password.

We also recommend you not to base your password on your name, telephone number, date of birth or any other information that can easily be found by another person.

You can find additional information about choosing a secure password in the FAQ.

All newly created or changed passwords will need to meet the requirements stated above.


Updated Version of Statistics

We are glad to announce an updated version of Statistics. Now all visitors, even logged-out viewers, will be counted in traffic statistics. You can view your updated statistics here.

Who can see updated statistics?

As before, the full version of statistics is available only to Paid and Permanent accounts. Users with Basic and Plus accounts will still be able to view My Guests statistics.

What’s new?

Previous statistics only counted registered LiveJournal users; visitors who didn’t log in or didn’t have an account were not taken into account.

The updated statistics include all visitors, so even if somebody doesn’t have a LiveJournal account you can still see that they visited your journal. Previously-available indicators (page views and visitors) will now be more precise.

Page Views tracks the total number of times your entries have been viewed. A new "hit" is recorded every time your Journal or entries are looked at (so if someone visits their friend's page multiple times during the day, a new "hit" is recorded for each time they do so). The figure also includes your own visits to your entries or journal pages.

All visitors — this figure records unique visitors, so multiple views by the same visitor only count as one visitor. However, if the same person visits your journal from two different computers (for example from home and from work), it will count as two unique visitors.


О планах развития LiveJournal на 2013 год

Вы наверняка уже слышали про планы развития в ЖЖ в этом году, но в этой записи нам хотелось бы рассказать о них более подробно.

За прошлый, 2012 год, нам удалось внедрить множество важных нововведений, среди которых: рейтинги по социальному капиталу, возможность персонализации топа ЖЖ, запуск нового Фотоальбома, внедрение новой страницы создания записи и профиля в публичное тестирование, расширение набора инструментов по привлечению аудитории в блоги, платные репосты, отложенные записи, динамическое раскрытие ката и другие. В текущем году LiveJournal ставит первоочередной задачей развитие пяти основных направлений, а именно:

  • оперативное решение возможных проблем с доступом к сервису
  • обновление как внешнего вида ресурса, так и серверной составляющей
  • поддержка интересных малоизвестных блогов и развитие контентных проектов
  • совершенствование существующих мобильных продуктов и запуск новых
  • предоставление возможности зарабатывать на собственном блоге.
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Если у вас остались какие-либо вопросы, вы можете задать их в комментариях.


Живой Журнал за свободу информации

On the 11th of July Russian State Duma holds the second reading of the amendments to the Law "On Information, Information Technologies and Protection of Information." LiveJournal is holding a protest against proposed amendments, as they can result in the creation of censorship in the Russian segment of the Internet, which is prohibited by the Constitution of the Russian Federation.

What are these amendments about?

Amendments shall be adopted within the framework of the Bill № 89417-6 - the Bill 'on childrens' protection from information harmful to their health and development'. The Bill would create a blacklist of blocked internet sites and proposes several other changes to the law, including liability for telecom service providers for failing to protect children.

How does this lead to the censorship on the Internet?

Lobbyists supporting the amendments argue that these amendments are directed only against illegal or inappropriate content for children.

However, the system of blocking such content does not apply any appeals or procedures for reconsideration. The lack of restrictions to this law make it hard to interpret the proposed amendments as anything other than censorship.

In practice this means that a provider will be able to block a certain site on ministerial orders without a court's judgment. We believe that the amendments to the law can lead to censorship in the Russian segment of the Internet, creating a black list, stop-lists and blocking certain sites. Unfortunately, the practice of law in Russia indicates a high probability of the worst-case scenario.

LiveJournal considers the introduction of any restrictions on freedom of expression and information in the Internet to be unacceptable. This is why we are against the adoption of the proposed amendments to the law "On Information, Information Technologies and Protection of Information".

Learn more:

stop SOPA

LiveJournal против SOPA и PIPA

Как вы знаете, серверы LiveJournal расположены в США, и мы действуем согласно американскому законодательству. Поэтому любые законопроекты, принимаемые в Соединенных Штатах Америки, напрямую влияют на функционирование LiveJournal — и на ваш доступ к вашим журналам — во всех странах.

В настоящее время Конгресс США готовится к слушаниям двух законопроектов — Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) и Protect Intellectual Property Act (PIPA), которые могут радикально повлиять на функционирование не только LiveJournal, но и большинства крупных сайтов и социальных сетей, таких как Google, Twitter, Facebook, Википедия.

Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA или H.R. 3261) — это законопроект, который расширяет возможности американских правоохранительных органов и правообладателей в борьбе с нелегальным контентом в интернете. Суть его в том, что любой участник деятельности в интернете (начиная с провайдеров и заканчивая поисковыми системами) обязан по любому обращению правообладателя прекратить предоставление услуг ресурсу, обвиняемому в пиратстве, и прекратить с ним любое взаимодействие. То есть — исключить сайт из поисковой выдачи, удалить ссылки на сайт, закрыть канал оплаты контента или даже полностью заблокировать ресурс для посещения. В противном случае любой из прямых или косвенных контрагентов обвиняемого сайта будет расцениваться как его соучастник.

Данные законопроекты могут повлиять на ограничение свободы слова в интернете не только на территории США, но и во всех остальных странах, и в конечном итоге привести к блокировке доступа не только к LiveJournal, но и к ряду других популярных сайтов.

LiveJournal с 1999 года является популярной и влиятельной площадкой для самовыражения. Наша политика конфиденциальности — одна из самых полных и существенных среди всех социальных сайтов. В своей работе мы поддерживаем Закон об авторском праве в цифровую эпоху (Digital Millennium Copyright Act) от 1998 года, защищающий права наших пользователей. Мы считаем, что данный закон, хотя и не идеален, по-прежнему является адекватной мерой по борьбе с пиратством и нарушением авторских прав. SOPA и PIPA, на наш взгляд, являются излишними и ведут к ограничению свободы слова в Интернете; фактически эти законопроекты введут цензуру.

Мы думаем, что Интернет должен оставаться пространством, в котором каждый человек может свободно исследовать и использовать информацию — и свободно выражать свои взгляды. И именно поэтому сегодня, 18 января 2012 года, LiveJournal присоединяется к протесту против принятия SOPA и PIPA.

Что можете сделать лично вы?
  • Оставьте подпись под петицией (англ.): найдите строку "Not in the US? Petition the state department", введите свой email и нажмите "Sign the petition".
  • Выйдите с одиночным пикетом к ближайшему посольству или консульству США. Согласно российскому законодательству, одиночные пикеты не требуют согласований.
  • Расскажите друзьям.

Благодарим вас за поддержку! Мы уверены, что каждый голос важен, и все вместе мы сможем не допустить принятия этих законопроектов.

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