Russia has performed an investigation into Netflix following the public commissioner for defending families blamed the streaming service of breaching a “gay propaganda” law. According to the commissioner, Netflix violated a 2013 Russian law that prohibits the allocation of “propaganda on nontraditional sexual relations” among younger people by hosting LGBT-themed content with age ratings of 16 years and older.
According to a report issued by Reuters, the Moscow department of the Interior Ministry is currently thinking about commissioner Olga Baranets’ objection. In case discovered responsible for breaching Russia’s rules, Netflix could be fined up to 1 million roubles ($13,400) or confront a temporary suspension of its service.
According to another report issued by the Russian daily newspaper Vedomosti, a Netflix source states the tech giant verified its content at the beginning of this month and found no LGBT content in its catalogue that was rated 16+. Engadget further noted that executives may prohibit streaming services displaying content that comprises “non-traditional sexual relationships and sexual deviations.”
The European Court of Human Rights commanded that the Russian gay propaganda law violated European treaty regulations, breached the right to freedom of expression and distinguished against LGBT people in 2017.
The movement is the recent effort from Russia to strive for more control over the internet, particularly as regards US entities. The administration fined the search giant just under $82,000 at the beginning of the year for failing to abide by demands to remove more than 26,000 cases of “prohibited” online content.
Also, at the beginning of this week, asked foreign tech giants to establish local offices in the country by 2022 to adhere to a law that was brought into effect in July. The tech giants included in that list were Apple, Meta (Facebook), Google, TikTok, Telegram and Twitter among 13 organizations that need to develop an official appearance presence in Russia.