Russian politicians could include radical feminism and childless movement on internet blacklists
Russian senators have proposed a bill to make content promoting feminist and childless movements completely illegal, in a bid to stop so-called “radical” material to be posted online.
Senator Margarita Pavlova, one of the authors of the bill, told RIA Novosti that lawmakers in the upper house of parliament were working to expand the list of prohibited topics and intended to include material radical feminist and content promoting the voluntary absence of children among the prohibited subjects.
“We are working with Roskomnadzor on a bill to expand lists of topics of destructive content to be blocked,” said the senator.
Roskomnadzor is the government agency that oversees communications, information technology and media.
According to Pavlova, a lot of online content appears at first glance to promote worthy causes – for example, gender equality – but it is actually window dressing. The senator said that this content conceals material that encourages harmful ideas and activities.
“Under the pretext of protecting the violated rights of women, traditional family values and the role of women in the family are belittled – the so-called radical feminism”, she says. “Under the guise of freedom of choice, the idea of refusing to start a family and have children is promoted – what is called infertility.”
The expansion of the internet blacklist will take into account the views of different parenting communities, as well as structures that monitor social networking sites. Russia’s most popular national social media platform, VKontakte, which has more than 90 million monthly users, could be part of the problem, Pavlova added.
“I get more and more complaints about our social network VKontakte”, she says. “Here too, all this destructive content is present, and sometimes users, even with complaints, cannot block certain information.”
In addition, the senator expressed her optimism that the significant presence of legislation in the virtual world will contribute to efforts to ensure the safety on the Internet of young Russian users, who are often the targeted victims of hatred and online harm.
“I think this year will be a turning point, because we are already seeing what steps need to be taken,she concluded.
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