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A Russian Politician Wants to Ban Swearing Online, Because It’s Not Like They Have Anything Else Going On

It's all about protecting teens.
Graffiti can stay. (Photo: Flickr)

Graffiti can stay. (Photo: Flickr)

Hate-tweeting in Russia might soon become nearly impossible if one politician has her way. Yelena Mizulina, the chairwoman of Committee on Family, Women and Children, is pushing forward an initiative that if posts, messages and even websites contain naughty language, they would be blocked within 24 hours if the words aren’t immediately deleted. That sounds easy enough.

Ms. Mizulina said it’s all about protecting the children since even the possibility of seeing a swear word can ruin their lives forever. She said her committee receives “very many complaints” from parents about the so-called abusive language online. She added that parents are concerned that children might assimilate that type of language into their vocab.

The plan will face a roundtable discussion on July 30, but there are some provisions:

“We are not talking about the entire social network of course, only the pages of delinquent users,” Mizulina said. Her initiative would make all sites responsible for the abusive content they publish, not just media sources, Izvestia said.

To which a teen said, “FML.”

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