Russia investigates Netflix over LGBT content
Russian officials investigate after state commissioner for family protection accused company of violating “gay propaganda” law, says . The commissioner said some Netflix content with LGBTQIA + themes was deemed suitable for people aged 16 and over. The country’s laws do not allow the dissemination of “propaganda about non-traditional sex” among those under the age of 18.
The Interior Ministry would investigate the complaint. If Netflix is found to have broken the law, it faces a fine of up to one million rubles ($ 13,390). More importantly, the service could be temporarily suspended.
A Netflix source said the company found no LGBT content rated 16+ in a review earlier in November. The newspaper too This month, authorities can ban streaming services from having shows and movies that depict “non-traditional sex and sexual deviations” in their libraries, including people like Fifty Shades of grey and Billion.
The European Court of Human Rights ruled in 2017 that the “propaganda” law, which was enacted in 2013, discriminates against LGBTQIA + people and violates European treaty rules and the right to freedom of expression. Activists and Western states have also criticized the settlement.
Meanwhile, Russia is targeting foreign tech companies on a broader level. This week, he said that Apple, the parent of Facebook Meta, Google, TikTok, Telegram and Twitter will be in the country by the end of the year, if they haven’t already.
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