Duolingo under investigation by Russian media watchdog for ‘LGBT propaganda’ in app
A complaint has been made in Russia that Duolingo violates the country’s anti-LGBT law (Image: Duolingo)
Language learning app Duolingo has become the latest target of Russia‘s anti-LGBTQ+ legislation, with the government’s media watchdog investigating the app over allegations that it is spreading “LGBT propaganda”.
Russian media and internet regulator Roskomnadzor confirmed in a statement to state-owned news agency TASS that it was “checking the application for the dissemination of information promoting LGBT people.”
The investigation was launched following a complaint from “concerned parents” to so-called human rights group Radetel. The complaint alleges that Duolingo “uses blatant LGBT propaganda in the process of teaching children foreign languages,” adding that “parents don’t know how to explain the proposed dialogue to elementary school students without damaging their psyche.”
The dialogue in question relates