Russia Threatens To Ban All Of Reddit Because Of A Single, Unspecified Drug-Related Thread

from the slippery-slope-into-the-pond-of-stupidity dept

Russian regulators in charge of the company's absurdly aggressive Internet filters have threatened to ban Reddit if the website doesn't remove a single, unspecified thread from the website. In an announcement posted to Russian social networking website VKontakte, Russian regulator Roskomnadzor (the Kremlin's "Federal Service for Supervision in the Sphere of Telecom Information Technologies and Mass Communications") proclaims that they've tried to reach Reddit administrators about the thread, but found them unresponsive to complaints during the "relaxed" summer months.

This sort of behavior isn't new for Russia, which passed a new law back in 2012 to "protect children" from the menace of a healthy, uncensored Internet. The law has since been used to block Live Journal, censor Wikipedia entries on "smoking cannabis," quash criticism of the Putin Administration, censor journalists, and most recently block all access to the Wayback Machine.

In this latest scuff up, Roskomnadzor proclaims that because a single thread discussing the "cultivation of narcotic plants" caught the eye of the Russia's Federal Drug Control Service, the entire site will simply have to be blocked (Google translate):
"Notifications to the requirement to remove the information sent to multiple addresses resource, but no response is still not forthcoming, although earlier treatment from us in the administration treated full. We assume that during the August holidays someone is too relaxed, but this should not be a reason to venture readership. Those who have contacts with the administration - ask them to check their mail for letters from Roskomnadzor otherwise due the technical features of a number of operators may block the entire site."
The post is also accompanied by this graphic in the apparent hopes of making censorship quirky and fun!
Just so it's clear, the Russian government can staff warehouses full of professional disinformation and propaganda employees who'll fill the Internet with bullshit twenty four hours a day, but talking about marijuana is just taking things too damn far!

Filed Under: censorship, filter, free speech, russia
Companies: reddit


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  • identicon
    Anonymous Coward, 12 Aug 2015 @ 3:25am

    In fairness, Russia are just modeling themselves on the UK, who banned an entire Wikipedia page over an image.

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      Sheogorath (profile), 12 Aug 2015 @ 3:43am

      Re:

      If you're talking about that page with the infamous record cover with a naked underage girl on it, I can see that even now and I'm in the UK.

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      • identicon
        Anonymous Coward, 12 Aug 2015 @ 5:43am

        Re: Re:

        After lots of nonsense and moral drama it was later unblocked.

        I wish more such images would be created just to annoy these drama queens.
        Makes me infuriated just thinking about that nonsense and the level of unhealthy fixation such people have about nudity. Would like to force them as punishment to spend a year on a nude beach.

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        • identicon
          Anonymous Coward, 13 Aug 2015 @ 11:45am

          Re: Re: Re:

          The IWF be in for a shock when they browse Mapplethorpe's collection page on the Guggenhiem art museum website.

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        Anonymous Coward, 12 Aug 2015 @ 1:29pm

        Re: Re:

        ...infamous record cover with a naked underage girl on it, I can see that even now and I'm in the UK...


        How underage? Last time I checked the UK allowed 16 year olds to do topless modeling, even for "page 3 girls". Other countries allow younger. The literal language of US law requires 18 years of age for any amount of nude modeling but most prosecutors won't touch a case involving under 18 that only has simple nudity.

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          Sheogorath (profile), 14 Aug 2015 @ 1:57am

          Re: Re: Re:

          From what I remember, the girl's about twelve or thirteen in the image and entirely naked, not just topless. Anyway, the law said sixteen when Samantha Fox appeared on Page Three, but it says eighteen in all such modelling now.

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    Ninja (profile), 12 Aug 2015 @ 3:25am

    Considering this has been shoved down the population collective throats I predict these censoring efforts will be met exactly like the marijuana prohibition. People will simply ignore it.

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    Sheogorath (profile), 12 Aug 2015 @ 3:48am

    "Notifications to the requirement to remove the information sent to multiple addresses resource, but response is still not forthcoming."
    Perhaps because Reddit is a US company, not a Russian one, so they don't have to follow Russian laws. Oh Kremlin, Russian into base stupidity faster with each law you pass.

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    Sheogorath (profile), 12 Aug 2015 @ 4:05am

    I wouldn't know, I don't live in the US. Why don't you do something about it if you're so concerned, however? (And I'll bet my assumption's more accurate than yours.)

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    private frazer, 12 Aug 2015 @ 4:57am

    we're all run by nasty little turds, but Putin is still a nasty little turds.

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  • identicon
    Anonymous Coward, 12 Aug 2015 @ 5:26am

    No Kremlin trolls yet? Not holding my breath

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    Anonymous Coward, 12 Aug 2015 @ 5:26am

    Drugs vs Drugs

    Meanwhile, they seem to have no problem with people talking about the much more dangerous drug vodka.

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      Anonymous Coward, 12 Aug 2015 @ 5:51am

      Re: Drugs vs Drugs

      Why whine about what people put in their own body by conscious choice? It's their body, they own it, not you or any other entity.

      Am about to take another "dangerous drug" called water. It will kill me if I drink over 8 liters of it.
      Drinking atm yet another "dangerous drug" called coffee. It can kill me if I drink about 150 to 250 cups of it.

      In a few hours I'm going to eat foot, another thing that can kill you.

      Going shopping after that. The risk of getting killed is higher when being away from your house.

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      Ninja (profile), 12 Aug 2015 @ 7:17am

      Re: Drugs vs Drugs

      I like vodka. As the other one that replied noted you need to drink quite a lot for it to be dangerous. Even when talking about long term issues.

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    David, 12 Aug 2015 @ 6:43am

    Then why haven't they banned Reddit already?

    For LGBT content, and a wide variety of things that likely rustle Putin's jimmies.

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      Ninja (profile), 12 Aug 2015 @ 7:19am

      Re: Then why haven't they banned Reddit already?

      You know, for me those who are so outraged and display so much hatred towards homosexual people is just jealous because he/she is afraid to admit being one...

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  • identicon
    Anonymous Coward, 12 Aug 2015 @ 6:46am


    Just so it's clear, the Russian government can staff warehouses full of professional disinformation and propaganda employees who'll fill the Internet with bullshit twenty four hours a day, but talking about marijuana is just taking things too damn far!



    Or, looked at another way - when they want any old weak excuse to censor stuff, they assign someone from their warehouses full of professional disinformation and propaganda employees to post something they can point at as the reason..

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    Gwiz (profile), 12 Aug 2015 @ 7:02am

    Typo?

    Russian regulators in charge of the company's absurdly aggressive Internet filters....

    Russia is a company????

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    toyotabedzrock (profile), 12 Aug 2015 @ 12:24pm

    If we posted numerous WEED smoking memes to official Russian news outlets what would they do ban themselves?

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  • identicon
    Anonymous Coward, 12 Aug 2015 @ 2:53pm

    Reddit censors itself.

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