Russia eradicates swearing online

Roscomnadzor communications watchdog compiled a list of words that are absolutely unacceptable in both printed and electronic media. For using them the media will receive an official warning.

If a media outlet receives two or more warnings over 12-months period, the watchdog will be able to file a lawsuit for revoking media license, ITAR-TASS news agency reports. This innovation concerns online media too, explained Roscomnadzor representative Vadim Ampelonsky.

"If the banned words are found in the comments, Roscomnadzor will issue an instruction demanding to edit or delete such comment. And only if the requirement is not met, the media portal will get a warning," the agency writes.

According to the watchdog’s head Alexander Zharov, editorial offices of online media should be responsible for all content, including the external one, since it is part of the information product provided by the electronic publication.

Indecent and grossly colloquial words and expressions can be used in print and online media with the “16+” age limit. On radio and television such wording is allowed after 9:00 p.m.

Roscomnadzor clarification states that TV programs where swearing is replaced by the sound signal, can go on-air before 9:00 p.m.

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