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Russia has filed a lawsuit against Apple for gay emoticons

Moscow lawyer Vsevolod Sazonov calls to ban the sale of the iPhone and is going to get a million rubles as compensation for moral damage.

In Savelovsky court of Moscow received the lawsuit capital of the lawyer Vsevolod Sazonov to the American company Apple, reports Lifenews. The grievance of the plaintiff caused the smileys in the new operating system iOS 8.3, some of which contain LGBT symbols. As explained by Slowed Sazonov, he bought her six-year-old son an iPhone 6. After some time the boy asked the father what is the meaning of some emoticons in your phone. Seeing the icons of the LGBT symbolism, the man was forced to take the phone from the child.

According to Sazonov, in earlier versions of the iOS operating system such smiles were not — they appeared only in version 8.3. Now the plaintiff insists that the court has banned the sale in Moscow Apple equipment, which is equipped with this software. Himself Californian tech giant, says the lawyer, should delete the disputed smilies in future versions.

Moral damage caused to him and his son watching emoticons, Vsevolod Sazonov was estimated at 985 000 rubles — the amount it expects to collect from the company.

Earlier, on the LGBT smileys have already drawn the attention of the Deputy of Legislative Assembly of St. Petersburg Vitaly Milonov.

“Because I am not a teenager, we rarely use emoticons. But children are very willing to use these substitutions emotions smileys, kisses. If earlier it was cats and dogs, now in the new operating system appeared more dangerous “animals,” said Milonov.

According to the Deputy, all of this is to ensure that same-sex relationships in the eyes of Russian children was seen as something completely normal. If adults in this hard to convince, I’m sure Milonov, children much easier.

“If Apple wants to stay on the Russian market, then the only other option would be to release a patch that will remove this stuff from the operating system, he added. — The company must respect existing in the country legislation”.

While Vitaly Milonov stressed that fines will not solve the problem and in General, he opposes them. Much more productive is to remove LGBT smileys from the list of available — just the way Apple did with software installed in products for the Chinese market.

The law banning propaganda of the LGBT movement, one of the authors of the project which became the Deputy Elena Mizulina, operates in Russia since June 2013.

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