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YouTube is the only website that is fighting the censorship

Russia is using a new law to block certain internet content that is considered unsafe for children's eyes. 

The law, passed in November 2012, allows the Russian government to remove internet content on websites like Facebook and Twitter if it is deemed harmful for children.

So far, both Facebook and Twitter have complied with the Russian government. Facebook took down a group called "Club Suicid," which promoted suicide. Twitter also removed tweets that promoted ideas of suicide and some that even attempted to deal illegal drugs. 

YouTube, on the other hand, has given the Russian government a hard time about the new law. Russia wanted to remove a video that they believed promoted suicide, but YouTube said it was just a video for entertainment -- which shows how to make a fake wound with makeup and a razor blade. 

YouTube launched a lawsuit in a Russian court in February, arguing that it shouldn't have to block the video. 

While the law is aimed to protect children from seeing harmful content on the internet, some fear that the government could abuse it. Right now, there are a lot of Facebook groups that oppose President Vladimir V. Putin, and the government could remove such pages staging protests. 

Likely, many are hoping Russia doesn't eventually lead to heavy internet censorship like China and Iran. Iran just announced last month that it was beefing up its internet censorship with a proxy crackdown.

Countries like North Korea have banned the Internet entirely. Google Chairman Eric Schmidt went to North Korea in January of this year in an effort to end this internet ban and spread the use of Google's Android operating system.

Source: The New York Times

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By Ammohunt on 4/1/2013 12:13:47 PM , Rating: 4
Why should western companies fight a battle against censorship that the Russian people themselves should be fighting? If they don't care that their information is being censored frankly i don't care either; we have enough problems domestically with censorship via hate speech laws and other oppressive leftist legislation/executive orders.

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By tayb on 4/1/2013 12:30:21 PM , Rating: 1
We have domestic censorship problems? Seriously?

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By othercents on 4/1/2013 12:39:01 PM , Rating: 2
Because each click on that video is revenue for Google and by having the company censor the video for certain countries then the company has extra expense for that law.

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By FaaR on 4/1/13, Rating: -1
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By Ammohunt on 4/1/2013 1:35:53 PM , Rating: 5
Leftists:"Freedom of Speech!"*

*Note:as long as it doesn't offend me or give me weepy feelings.

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By tayb on 4/1/2013 3:51:43 PM , Rating: 2
Nothing is stopping you from being a bigot or a racist. Ever heard of Westboro Baptist Church? You can say just about anything just about anywhere but be prepared for the consequences of your words.

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By Ammohunt on 4/1/2013 3:56:36 PM , Rating: 4
Sticks and Stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me

Remember when this applied? before the pussification of our society?

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By croc on 4/1/2013 7:59:41 PM , Rating: 2
" you're fired!' "Sorry, but we can't extend you credit because you were fired!" "Sorry, but your references just aren't good enough to give you this job."

NOW tell me about those wee sticks and stones...

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By M'n'M on 4/1/2013 5:12:13 PM , Rating: 3
but be prepared for the consequences of your words.

What consequences should there be ? I mean other than a reasoned rebuttal of the words put forth that you disagree with, an Amish-like social shunning and/or perhaps calling the person a racist, bigot, etc ?

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By ghost49x on 4/3/2013 8:00:46 AM , Rating: 2
So what you're saying is the government should turn a blind eye to radicalization that is giving rise to extremists, you want America to become a brewing ground for terrorism like some countries in the middle east?

Oh the Irony!

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By Hakuryu on 4/1/2013 12:52:18 PM , Rating: 5
Why should western companies fight a battle against censorship that the Russian people themselves should be fighting?

Because of precedent. First it is Russia censoring a few things, then nobody complains and maybe Germany decides to do the same thing, and then Canada, and so on. Then when they try to do that in the USA, there is the precedent what other countries have done, making it easier to censor here.

'Russia, Germany, and Canada have been censoring selected data for years; what the US is doing is nothing special.' - future quote from random tech illiterate politician.

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By Ammohunt on 4/1/2013 3:36:55 PM , Rating: 2
...there is the precedent what other countries have done, making it easier to censor here.

Well with that same logic i feel we should push to have public executions like Saudi Arabia does there is a precedent!

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By JPForums on 4/2/2013 8:47:43 AM , Rating: 2
Well with that same logic i feel we should push to have public executions like Saudi Arabia does there is a precedent!
I understand what you're saying. Precedence in other countries shouldn't be relevant in your own country. However, from what I've seen, the U.S. liberal wing borrows heavily from precedence in Europe and Canada to justify their agenda (think nationalized health care, hate speech, etc.). I don't see the same thing from the U.S. conservative wing (hence, no Saudi style public executions).

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By Rad T on 4/3/2013 2:05:50 AM , Rating: 4
Conservatives prefer precedents from their interpretation of some holy text which cannot be argued with at all. You never noticed?

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By akorina on 4/3/2013 3:39:46 PM , Rating: 2
just as Edith said I can't believe that anybody able to make $6400 in four weeks on the computer. did you read this website Snap11.comisthe webpage

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By nafhan on 4/1/2013 5:28:34 PM , Rating: 2
MONEY. They do business in these countries, and they're fighting laws which are opposed to their business interests. They do this in the US, too.

Also, keep in mind, that even if this was purely altruistic and for the benefit of the Russian people (it's not), fighting censorship in Russia does not prevent or limit them from fighting it in the US in any meaningful way.

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By Jeffk464 on 4/1/2013 6:54:44 PM , Rating: 2
Its always "to save the children" you have to be careful of people with "good intentions"

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By geddarkstorm on 4/1/2013 8:54:48 PM , Rating: 2
Keeping reasonable information flowing and free speech active is how one protects democracy. Do you really want Russia slipping back into dictatorship? Honestly? Because that's the road that this sort of activity inevitably puts any country on.

We need Russia's people to remain free, so they can keep their government under check. I personally don't want to see another cold war.

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By Ammohunt on 4/1/2013 9:43:14 PM , Rating: 2
Let us worry about our own democracy.

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By geddarkstorm on 4/6/2013 12:29:10 PM , Rating: 3
Being blinds to the happenings of the outside world does not protect our democracy, only endangers it.

"We can't expect users to use common sense. That would eliminate the need for all sorts of legislation, committees, oversight and lawyers." -- Christopher Jennings

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