Vkontakte have been added to a list of the world's largest Internet resources that distribute pirated content. The social network has been added to the list, which is kept by the office of the US Trade Representative (USTR), Voice of America reported.
The USTR noted that the social network "is taking steps to combat piracy” and trying to protect copyrights. However, this has turned out to not be enough.
"Despite these positive changes, Vkontakte continues to conduct illegal activities, posting thousands of pirated files every month, according to the US film industry," US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer said.
Russian torrent trackers Rutracker.org, Rapidgator.net and Internet cinema site kinogo.cc also appear on the list of the largest international recognized pirating resources.
In July 2017, Ukraine banned the social networks Vkontakte and Odnoklassniki, as well as the search engine Yandex and a number of other Russian Internet sites.