Duolingo Removes LGBT References in Russia After Regulator’s Warning

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Duolingo Removes LGBT References in Russia After Regulator’s Warning

Removal of Content Deemed “Extremism”

Language learning app Duolingo (DUOL.O) has removed references to “non-traditional sexual relations” in its Russian version. This action follows a warning from Russia’s communications regulator, Roskomnadzor, about the inclusion of LGBT content that is classified as “extremism.”

Expanded Restrictions on LGBT Content

Last year, Russia intensified its restrictions on promoting what it labels as LGBT propaganda. This move is part of a larger effort to clamp down on LGBT rights. President Vladimir Putin has framed these restrictions as a defense against what he views as the moral decline evident in Western countries.

Regulatory Warning

Roskomnadzor had formally notified Duolingo, cautioning the company against publishing materials that promote non-traditional sexual relations and LGBT propaganda. In response, Duolingo has complied by deleting the controversial references in its Russian language content.

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