Russian watchdog criticizes Google over suicide videos

Author: RIA Novosti, Published on: 18 March 2013

Russia’s consumer rights watchdog hit out at Google and YouTube...what it called online suicide instruction videos. “Google Russia and YouTube LLC express their position based solely on a threat to the freedom of access to information on the Internet,” the Rospotrebnadzor watchdog said...The watchdog’s statement came after YouTube, Google’s video sharing unit, filed a lawsuit against Rospotrebnadzor over a decision to block a video containing alleged “harmful” material...The watchdog said the video contained instructions on how to commit suicide and violated Russia’s law on the protection of children from harmful material. Google said the law could be used to limit access to other forms of content. Rospotrebnadzor...has cracked down recently on websites containing suicide-related materials, blaming them for the alarmingly high numbers of suicides among Russian teens...Google Russia and YouTube LLC could not be immediately reached for comment...

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