Russia to make internet memes illegal

Recently Roskomnadzor, the federal executive body responsible for overseeing the media in Russia, set out to alter an existing policy. This policy now dictates that memes will be illegal if they picture public figures in ways that have ‘no relation to [their] personality’.

These ways of using [celebrities’ images] violate the laws governing personal data and harm the honor, dignity and business of public figures,” reads the policy announcement from Roskomnadzor.

This change has lead to the fact that now if a public figure believes a meme has been made about them then they can report it to the Roskomnadzor, of which will then file a claim in court.

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