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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 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.

RE: Question
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?

RE: Question
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...

RE: Question
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 ?

RE: Question
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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