This is one of those stories that will have you shaking your head in disbelief. It seems that today’s same-sex themed emoji characters, where men and women are seen together with a family, kissing, or with a heart between them, might violate Russian law by promoting homosexuality!!!
That is the issue now being considered by the Federal Service For Supervision of Communication, Information Technology and Mass Media (that will be the censorship bureau, then) – who ‘oversees’ Russian media.
Homosexual propaganda through emoji?
Mikhail Marchenko, who is a senator in the Russian parliament has called for a probe into such emoji, as they are used on Facebook and might apparently violate the country’s 2013 statute that prohibits homosexual propaganda to young people in the country.
The investigation right now only involve’s Facebook’s use of the emoji in question, and Twitter and others have yet to be investigated.
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The agency has spoken with the “Young Guard” – the youth group that represents dictator (sorry, president) Putin’s political party.
Denis Davydov, who spoke recently for the Young Guard, said the organisation would consult psychologists to determine whether they emoji qualify as propaganda or not.
Under Russian law, the agency can block Russian citizens from using such sites as well as impose fines on those sites.