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Russia investigates Netflix after complaint over LGBT content

MOSCOW, Nov 25 (Reuters) – Russia is investigating Netflix (NFLX.O) after its public commissioner for safeguarding households accused the streaming firm of violating Russian regulation on “gay propaganda”, the Vedomosti day by day reported.

The commissioner, Olga Baranets, complained to the Interior Ministry that Netflix was in breach of a 2013 regulation that bans disseminating “propaganda on non-traditional sexual relations” amongst Russians beneath the age of 18 when broadcasting LGBT-themed sequence with a 16+ label.

Her attraction is being thought of by the Moscow division of the Interior Ministry, Vedomosti cited a supply as saying in a report printed late on Wednesday.

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Netflix declined to remark. The U.S. firm may face a superb of as much as 1 million roubles ($13,400) or a short lived suspension of its service if discovered to have violated the regulation, Vedomosti stated.

Russia’s laws has been condemned by rights teams. In 2017 the European Court of Human Rights dominated that the Russian homosexual propaganda regulation breached European treaty guidelines, violated the proper to freedom of expression and discriminated towards LGBT individuals – a ruling Moscow referred to as unjust.

The newspaper quoted a supply near Netflix as saying the corporate had earlier this month checked its providing of sequence and movies in regards to the lives of members of the LGBT neighborhood and located none with a 16+ label.

Moscow is clamping down on international know-how corporations specifically, which critics characterise as an try by the Russian authorities to exert tighter management over the web. learn extra

Vedomosti this month reported that Russian authorities had been discussing adjustments to how on-line streaming companies are regulated.

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Reporting by Alexander Marrow, Editing by Timothy Heritage

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