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Russian leaders want to ban swearing online

Jul 31, 2013

Russia has been making international headlines for banning all kinds of stuff over the last couple years: Protesting against the state, being gay—just yesterday Vitaly Milonov was in the news promising russia would arrest both athletes and tourists visiting the Olympic games next winter should any of the gay ones dare descend upon Sochi, Russia, with their family-corrupting ways. It’s all for the protection of the children, you see.

While they’re at it protecting children, Russian leaders have another idea for digital censorship: They want to ban swearing online.

Russia’s “On the Protection of Children” law already restricts some speech, but TechDirt repots that State Duma Deputy Yelena Mizulin is proposing an amendment to the law that will ban swears from the internet in Russia.

“Pages full of posts and messages containing swear words, will have to be blocked within 24 hours, if harmful information is not deleted. This should apply to pages on social networks, websites, and various forums.”

… reports TechDirt, via the English version of Pravda.

In reality, the move isn’t far off the the restrictions on porn and other illicit material David Cameron has planned for the UK. Sure, in England’s case users will be able to “opt in” to viewing dirty material by turning off a filter, but it still interferes with what users see by default, and creates a de-facto registry of the nation’s “dirty birds” for the record books.

Of course one big difference is that if you use your language to criticize the government in UK you won’t get locked up, where you easily can in Russia, as demonstrated by Pussy Riot.

Hilariously, the chairman of the Moscow Regional Bar Association, Sergei Smirnov, said: “This is a direction towards a civilized lifestyle. If we do not use foul language in real life, then why do we use it on the Internet?”

Riiiiight. Ok Sergei.

Image: Russian Mind

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