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Russia’s new law: swearing is prohibited on social networks

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Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Russia News Agency reported on the 3rd that from February 1, amendments to Russia’s law on “information, information technology and information protection” have officially entered into force.

According to the regulations, obscene and swearing language is prohibited on Russian social networks.

According to the latest poll released by Russia’s “job” recruitment website, 71% of Russians are in favor of the banning swearing on social networks, and 29% of respondents who support free speech on social networks.

At the same time, 40% of the respondents believe that language censorship should also be carried out for media and literature, 41% are neutral, and 19% oppose this censorship because they believe that “false language can enrich Russian”.

However, some netizens said that swearing does not really enrich Russian, but profanes the language.

The new law requires that posts and comments with obscene language on social networks must be cleaned up.

At the same time, social media platforms are obliged to identify and delete information that “obviously disrespects” society, the state and its logo, the constitution or government agency, or content that encourages riots, extremism and illegal activities.

Violators will be punished, including a fine of 50,000-100,000 roubles for individuals, 200,000-400,000 roubles for officials, and 800,000-4 million roubles (about $10-50k) for legal persons.

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