Duolingo removes LGBTQ+ content for Russian users

Duolingo has removed LGBTQ+ inclusive content from the Russian version of its app. According to Meduza, the language learning app took the step in order to comply with the country’s draconian laws banning LGBTQ+ “propaganda.”

The move comes several months after Russia’s Federal Service for Supervision of Communications, Information Technology and Mass Media, or Roskomnadzor (RKN), received a complaint about Duolingo from an activist group based in the Siberian city of Novosibirsk. In February, Latvia-based independent Russian news outlet Novaya Gazeta Europe reported that the group, Radetel, had shared screenshots from the app’s English exercises that included…

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