Russia starts blocking selective content on the internet

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Russia has joined the band wagon of countries which selectively ban content on the internet which the countries think are illegal  or are harmful in their respective nations. The Russian government has asked social networking and entertainment sites such as Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube to remove certain contents. Facebook and Twitter have agreed to this, with only Google’s YouTube opposing the decision, or the new law.

The Russian government or the agency which looks over this has asked YouTube to remove one particular video which the authority thinks is suicidal and promotes suicide. But Google’s YouTube has chosen to agree to disagree on this and has filed a lawsuit in a Russian court in February. The video sharing website says that the video which shows how to create a fake wound with some make up materials and a razor blade is an entertainment piece and should not be taken down from the website.

The supporters of the law, who are from the ruling party, have said that the law “is a narrowly focused way of controlling child pornography and content that promotes drug use and suicide.” The New York Times writes, “But opposition leaders have railed against the law as a crack in the doorway to broader Internet censorship. They say they worry that social networks, which have been used to arrange protests against President Vladimir V. Putin, will be stifled.”

This child protection law, according to the government officials of the country, enables the country to just ban individual content on such social networking sites which prove to be harmful for the children, instead of banning the whole service such as Facebook or YouTube from the country, which would just make the citizens of the country angry. We have to see how this Google case will proceed in the country.

Source The New York Times