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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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RE: Question
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.

RE: Question
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!

RE: Question
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).

RE: Question
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?

RE: Question
By akorina on 4/3/2013 3:39:46 PM , Rating: 2
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