Russia Thinks Facebook Pride Emojis Might Be Gay “Propaganda”

The Russian government is investigating whether or not Facebook’s pride emojis break its laws about gay “propaganda.” A Russian Senator, Mikhail Marchenko, wrote an appeal to Roskamnadzor, the state’s media watchdog. The complaint has been passed on to the Young Guard for investigation.

Young Guard chairman Dennis Davydov has stated that the group will consult with psychologists to see if emojis constitute propaganda. This is being termed an issue of “high social significance,” by the way, and it’s just really hard to grasp that from my comfortable, queer-friendly point of view in Chicago. This is the sort of high-stakes thing that determines a culture, though. It’s not like the Russian state is trying to ban Mapplethorpe (although I’m sure they have): They’re trying to ban emojis. It’s one of those tiny little parts of everyday life that queers in less top-down nations take for granted.

Meanwhile, though, Davydov has stated that emojis on iPhones and Twitter could come under investigation as well if citizens complain about them, and noted that the Young Guard has worked with Roskamnadzor in the past, working “against the spread of extremism online, the spread of child pornography and so on.”

[TIME]

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