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Anti-Gay Russians Boycott Facebook

Anti-Gay Russians Boycott Facebook


Conservative religious groups in Russia are campaigning to ban Facebook and return the nation to its criminalization of homosexuality after Facebook created new icons so users could show they are in a same-sex marriage.

Reports RT:

The campaign was launched in Saratov and several other Russian regions — including St Petersburg, Novosibirsk and Arkhangelsk — where gay propaganda is banned by law.

In just three days the activists managed to obtain 34,000 signatures, said the leader of the Orthodox public organization, Vladimir Roslyakovsky. The goal is to get the support of at least a million citizens, he stated, adding that Muslim, Catholic and Jewish communities are also participating in the campaign, since “Dealers who cash in on children have neither conscience nor religious beliefs.”

“We demand only one thing: Facebook should be blocked in the entire country because it openly popularizes homosexuality among minors,” Roslyakovsky is quoted as saying.

The campaign was reportedly organized by an Orthodox community in the city of Saratov in southern Russia.

The group first demanded that Facebook cease “flirting with sodomites” and that it remove all content the group had deemed to be promoting homosexuality.

The group then sent an ultimatum to the social network’s international office in Russia and gave the company 24 hours to respond under threat of being sued. Facebook ignored the threat and now the campaign seems to have escalated, with the group now reportedly calling for a return of anti-gay penal code regulations as well as a complete ban.

This marks a further worrying development in the human rights landscape faced by LGBTs in Russia after several local governments, most infamously the St Petersburg government, have moved to institute a ban on the so-called “promotion” of LGBT identity in the public square, supposedly to protect children. There are now efforts to create similar nationwide ban.

Eight gay rights protesters were arrested last weekend for supposed violations of the propaganda ban. The ban is being used, it would seem, to stop any kind of gay rights affirming demonstrations.


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5:13PM PDT on Jul 17, 2012

Not on facebook and really think the Russians do a lot of bad things, even since the cold war ended.

8:40AM PDT on Jul 14, 2012

Maybe we straights have an ally in the Soviet Union!!!!!

6:20PM PDT on Jul 13, 2012

Michele H. In case no one has informed you this site is for people who care and part of caring is supporting gays, being a homophobes goes against the basic human rights.

5:53PM PDT on Jul 12, 2012

I wish all these ignorant bigots stop proclaiming they are boycotting and just leave.
And honestly, posting a facebook status that you are boycotting facebook because you are a bigot is just plain dumb.

5:42PM PDT on Jul 12, 2012

No friends for them !

4:49PM PDT on Jul 12, 2012

I sincerely wish that they do sue services which provide access to Facebook.
One presumes that then they will also want to ban Google for their support of marriage equality, and Apple, and Microsoft, and pretty much any company from the [civilised and enlightened part of] the rest of the world unless they plan to sue them too.

For it would be interesting to see these multibillion dollar companies’ rebuttals and the stand that they make.

It is amazing that they are demanding that 'Facebook should be blocked in the entire country because it openly popularizes homosexuality among minors’, as if that would ever happen!

Given that Russia’s morons have laws already against homosexuality, I don’t see many Russians updating their Facebook with gay marriage icons. Do you?

It has always been my humble opinion that it is via companies that aid and facilitates our technology and our information and the age we live in, that we shall be able to finally obtain, equality and irradiate homophobia and discrimination.
Russia would be a good starting point.
For it is giants like Googol , Yahoo and Microsoft and Apple , who unrestricted by treaties of nations and diplomacy can influence, demand and force uncooperative countries that are homophobic or have appalling records on human Rights and towards LGBTs, to improve their stance.
Living in an ever increasing information and technologically dependant age, countries may be able to ignore the demands from the UN

2:06PM PDT on Jul 12, 2012

Don't let the door hit ya on yer way out {from Facebook}.....

Actually, Blocking, or attempting to have the Russian Govt Block, Facebook, rather than Boycotting, is the worrisome issue.... not much chance, tho, the Russian wealthy have too much tied up with Western business......

2:02PM PDT on Jul 12, 2012

I'm sure that FB is simply miserable about this.... NOT.

12:56PM PDT on Jul 12, 2012

Facebook sucks.

9:55AM PDT on Jul 12, 2012

Good for them. It's about time someone stands up to this ridiculous movement.

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