Russian authorities investigate Apple over gay emojis


Russian authorities have opened an investigation against U.S. technology
company Apple over its inclusion of gay emojis in its operating system,
according to police documents published by Russian news site
A controversial Russian law which came into force in 2013 banned the
public display of a wide range of LGBT symbols and images, classifying
them as dangerous for promoting “nontraditional family types” to
Under this law, often referred to as the law on “gay propaganda,” police
in Russia’s Kirov region have opened an administrative case to
investigate whether the emojis available on Apple’s products that
portray same-sex couples, or characters carrying LGBT Pride flags, are
in violation of Russian law.
The case was opened after local attorney Yaroslav Mikhailov filed a
complaint in August with the local prosecutor about the emojis included
on Apple’s iOS 8.3 operating system.
According to the documents published by Gazeta, Kirov police found this
reason enough to begin a formal investigation and showed sample of the
emojis to a judiciary panel who are due to decide whether the symbols
constitute a “danger” to the welfare of minors under the controversial
Russian law.
If found guilty, Apple could be fined up to $15,000 and face a
country-wide ban on its goods if it does not pay the resulting fine.
There have previously been several complaints about Apple’s LGBT emojis
in Russia, however this is the first known instance of a police
investigation being launched into the matter.


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