Russian police investigate Apple over gay emojis
A controversial Russian law which came into force in 2013 banned the public display of a wide range of LGBT symbols and images, classifying them as dangerous for promoting “nontraditional family types” to children.
The case was opened after local attorney Yaroslav Mikhailov filed a complaint in August with the local prosecutor about the emojis included on Apple’s iOS 8.3 operating system.
According to the documents published by Gazeta, Kirov police found this reason enough to begin a formal investigation and showed sample of the emojis to a judiciary panel who are due to decide whether the symbols constitute a “danger” to the welfare of minors under the controversial Russian law.
If found guilty, Apple could be fined up to $15,000 and face a country-wide ban on its goods if it does not pay the resulting fine.
There have previously been several complaints about Apple’s LGBT emojis in Russia, however this is the first known instance of a police investigation being launched into the matter.