Russia investigates Netflix after complaint for LGBT content

Russia is investigating Netflix after his public commissioner for the protection of families accused the streaming company of violating Russian law on “gay propaganda“reported the Vedomosti newspaper.

The commissioner, Olga Baranets, complained to the Ministry of Interior that Netflix violated a 2013 law prohibiting the spread of “non-traditional sex propaganda” among Russians under the age of 18 by streaming TV series. LGBT theme with a label of +16.

Your appeal is being considered by the Moscow Department of the Interior MinistryVedomosti said, citing a source in a report published late Wednesday.

Netflix declined to comment on the situation. The American company could face a fine of up to 1 million rubles ($ 13,400) or a temporary suspension of its service if it is found to have violated the law, Vedomosti said.

Russian law has been condemned by rights groups. In 2017, the European Court of Human Rights ruled that Russia’s gay propaganda law violates European treaty rules, the right to freedom of expression and discriminates against LGBT people, a ruling that Moscow called unfair.

The newspaper quoted a source close to Netflix as saying that the company earlier this month verified its offering of series and movies about the lives of members of the LGBT community and found none with a +16 label.

Moscow is cracking down on foreign tech companies in particular, what critics see as an attempt by the Russian authorities to exert tighter control over the internet.

Vedomosti reported this month that Russian authorities are discussing changes in the way streaming services.

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