Stop Sending Memes, Russian Telecom Operator Pleads

Stop Sending Memes, Russian Telecom Operator Pleads as Networks Begin to Overload

Russia’s largest telecoms supplier on Friday pleaded with purchasers to cease sending coronavirus memes and viral movies, as networks started to overload because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Memes and keeping in good spirits are important, but it is important to be responsible about using content online,” MTS President Alexei Kornya mentioned in an announcement on the corporate’s web site.

“I’m not saying you should stop watching films online or participate in video conferences for work,” he mentioned.

But he known as on Russians to “refrain from sending around funny but ‘heavy’ videos via messengers to dozens of contacts,” straining the telecoms infrastructure.

MTS has 80 million purchasers in Russia and has seen a “considerable increase in the load on the network,” principally in giant cities, significantly Moscow, Kornya mentioned.

Russia has not ordered a compulsory lockdown, however many corporations switched to telecommuting earlier this month to decrease the danger of coronavirus an infection.

The Internet has exploded with coronavirus-related memes worldwide as face-to-face contacts have decreased due to lockdowns and quarantines.

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