LiveJournal Banned LGBTQ+ Topics And The Internet Is Outraged
11 April 2017, 15:56
The state of LGBTQ+ rights in Russia have not improved in recent years. This week we woke up to the news that around 100 gay men are feared to have been taken to a concentration camp in Chechnya, a federal subject of Russia. And in another move to seemingly suppress discuss of LGBT issues, the now Russian-owned service LiveJournal has officially updated their terms of service to reflect the country's anti-LGBT laws.
LiveJournal's new terms of service will apply to all, but especially those living in Russia, where the platform is hugely popular. The new LiveJournal rules mean the platform can ban anything it considers "obscene" and, let's be real, Russia has previously applied the word "obscene" to a video game character wearing rainbow coloured laces. Yes, really.
Around 75% of Russians are against homosexuality and Russia's anti-LGBT laws encompass everything from forbidding the adoption of Russian children by couples who live in a country where same-sex marriage is allowed to not allowing pride events and even calling them "satanic".
The new LiveJournal changes surely mean an end for the platform, with users already leaving in their droves. If the platform thinks that you are posting apparent "obscene" content then it has the right to delete your blog at the drop of a hat.
Needless to say, people are really rather angry at LiveJournal
What's the internet equivalent of a nuclear missile? Do whatever that is to LiveJournal— Kim (@cr33psho) April 11, 2017
RIP Live Journal; You helped me find furry, but now you're dead and suck. Enjoy your shitty Russian overlords.— Brouxir (@Wollimute) April 11, 2017
wtf is live journal forcing me to agree to this new rules, otherwise i can't use the service?— lead sheep line (@zhangchans) April 11, 2017
I just deleted my Live Journal account. I will NOT support anything that stands in the way of equality.— Vickie Lesperance (@VickiLesperance) April 10, 2017
Of course, I gave up on Live Journal years ago when they decided they owned the content you put up. This new development isn't surprising,— KariAnn Ramadorai (@KariAnnWrites) April 10, 2017
While LiveJournal hasn't been especially popular in the UK for many years thanks to social media developments such as Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat, it still has a thriving community. But these new rules look set to end the platform once and for all.
Are you a user? What do you make of the new rules and will it stop you from using the platform in the future? Leave your comments below.