Russia looking to censor Internet porn websites

If you live in Russia and love checking out Internet porn sites, you might want to surf to them right now. Very soon, the country's government could put those kinds of sites, as well as others, on a blacklist that would block their content.

According to Venture Beat, the four political parties in the Russian Parliament have created a series of new amendments to previous laws that would give the government the power to make a blacklist of sites that would be blocked from the general public. The sites targeted by the list would have content such as "banned pornography, drug ads and promoting suicide or extremist ideas." If a website is found to have such content, the site will be asked to remove it within 24 hours before they are placed on the blacklist.

The amendments are scheduled to be presented to the full parliament this week for a vote and its possible they could be passed with a first reading. If that happens, the government will work with an unnamed non-profit organization to help monitor websites.

All of this activity sounds more than similar to China's Internet censorship laws, which has been labeled "The Great Firewall' by others.

Source: Venture Beat

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This isn't surprising to me considering how they've recently decided they don't value their citizens' freedoms.

Calum said,
This isn't surprising to me considering how they've recently decided they don't value their citizens' freedoms.

Is there a government which does?

You make it sound like all Porn, when it says "Banned Porn".. which I would assume is stuff already illegal in the country..

Not that I agree with censoring the net, but if you are, then ya, going after stuff that's already illegal in your country isn't one step away from the deepend..

Well, the UK isn't a million miles away neither. You may soon have to tell your ISP you wanna beat ya donkey kong to some mighty fine (or maybe not so fine) barrels to unblock the princess [Think about the children (TM)].

Anyway there is always feet. And no, I don't get the feet thing.

ShMaunder said,
Well, the UK isn't a million miles away neither. You may soon have to tell your ISP you wanna beat ya donkey kong to some mighty fine (or maybe not so fine) barrels to unblock the princess [Think about the children (TM)].

Anyway there is always feet. And no, I don't get the feet thing.


UK is a **** hole with chavs everywhere

Thank you Russia... the only country in the world where the government block porn sites 'cause they're SOOOO bad, but doesn't give a **** about the fact that 50% of its male population it alcoholic and dies before reaching 70yo.

myxomatosis said,
Thank you Russia... the only country in the world where the government block porn sites 'cause they're SOOOO bad, but doesn't give a **** about the fact that 50% of its male population it alcoholic and dies before reaching 70yo.

Isnt that like a good thing? then less care for health after they're ... unable to work?

Yeah I know thats a really cold quote but figuring in a money state of mind.. that would be the grant idea?

All I can think about is the fact that thousands of those "Hot Russian girls ready to ****" ads are going to have to be re-worded.

I seem to always attract fake Russian women on the net - silly Russian government ruining my international cyber-pimp swagger.

Zeikku said,
All I can think about is the fact that thousands of those "Hot Russian girls ready to ****" ads are going to have to be re-worded.

I seem to always attract fake Russian women on the net - silly Russian government ruining my international cyber-pimp swagger.

Notice how it says "banned pornography" and not just pornography. I think we're looking at more kiddie porn, rape, etc and not porn as a whole.

As much as I like RT tv I do not agree with Russia about blocking sites, I live in the UK and am looking at a 3 strike law in the future and various porn blocks etc with upcoming legislation. I believe that you can't legislate to eliminate a problem and therefore their suggestions will fail to catch the kiddie porno people anyway who they claim they want to go after. The problem with the UK and any other UK citizen can tell you this is that the public is technologically illiterate to the point of retardation and any laws that are considered are never argued against, heck we are the most watched over nation. Metaphorically the public in the country are being bent over by the politicians and getting nasty stuff done to em.

blacklist of sites that would be blocked from the general public. The sites targeted by the list would have content such as "banned pornography, drug ads and promoting suicide or extremist ideas. BRAVO for RUSSIAN .. i hate porn Just look at those teen today the only think is about sex that all.... anyway what do you get my watching ppl doing sex they are the one enjoy it not u, u only see what they are doing what a big deal if i want to see something i do it with my wife and enjoy it not see somebody else doing it .

Actually, this initiative is against sites with clild pornography, narcotics propaganda and materials restricted in Russia. It is not like a Chinesse "Great Firewall", for now.

Vasya_Vodochkin said,
Actually, this initiative is against sites with clild pornography, narcotics propaganda and materials restricted in Russia. It is not like a Chinesse "Great Firewall", for now.

Indeed this news is a hoax. It's not all pornography, but child pornography, which is already restricted in USA and UK. So USA and UK are already very much similar to China, while Russia still lags behind.

Many people are unaware that the UK has a block list of a similar nature, and it is ran by the internet watch foundation. They have blocked sites by accident before, like 4chan's image servers and parts of wikipedia.

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