Russian officials are investigating after the public commissioner for the protection of families accused the company of violating the law on “gay propaganda”, it is stated . The commissioner claimed that some Netflix content with LGBTQIA + themes was rated as suitable for people over 16 years of age. The country’s laws do not allow the distribution of “propaganda about non-traditional sexual relations” among those under 18 years of age.
It is stated that the Ministry of Internal Affairs is considering the lawsuit. If Netflix is considered to have broken the law, it faces a fine of up to one million rubles ($ 13,390). More importantly, the service could be suspended.
said a Netflix source the company did not find any LGBT content rated 16+ during a review earlier in November. The newspaper also said this month that officials could ban streaming services from having shows and movies showing “non-traditional sexual relations and sexual deviations” in their libraries, including similar ones. Fifty Shades of grey i Billions.
The European Court of Human Rights found in 2017 that the “propaganda” law, passed in 2013, discriminates against LGBTQIA + persons and violates the rules of European treaties and the right to freedom of expression. Activists and Western states have also criticized the ordinance.
Russia, meanwhile, is targeting foreign technology companies on a broader level. It was said this week that Apple, Facebook, the parent of Meta, Google, TikTok, Telegram and Twitter will come to the country by the end of the year, if they have not already done so.
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