Russia Censors Sites Like Facebook, Twitter to Protect Children
April 1, 2013 11:42 AM
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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.
The New York Times
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4/2/2013 9:54:38 AM
These countries should boycott Russia, then let Russian citizens start screaming for their government to stop the censorship.
Better still, Youtube should start promoting films that discuss Russia's rampant corruption, assassinations of journalists, human rights violations, etc.
If Russians cared much about their children, they would do something about their gangster-run government.
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