The Russian government has officially banned Reddit, one of the most popular sites on the internet.
Unless Russian users take advantage of VPN to bypass the website blocks, they will no longer be able to log in and access Reddit.
Roskomnadzor, the Russian agency in charge of media, pulled the plug on the open forum because it contains advice on how to grow “magic mushrooms”, a psychedelic drug.
This decision was made after Russia’s Federal Drug Control Service decided that Reddit content was promoting talks of these substances — in communities that were most likely under subreddits r/trees and r/shrooms.
The culprit turned out to be a thread called “Minimal and Reliable Methods for Growing Psilocybe”, reported Latvian-based Meduza, the first outlet to break the news. The muckraking publication was formed by a ring of 20 journalists after a Vladimir Putin ally famously fired a prominent Russian journalist from Kremlin media, and since then they have been training a close eye on the Russian government.
Earlier, the Russian government deployed its media forces to ask Reddit to remove drug-growing posts, but there was no reply, Vocativ reported. The Russian version of Facebook, Vkontakte, even posted a Wanted: Reddit graphic to express discontent with Reddit officials.
Russia has had an upturned nose towards pot legalization for a while now. The Russian Health Ministry predicted that “everyone [will become] a drug addict” when it was legalised in Washington D.C, according to The Washington Times.
China and North Korea are the other countries that have officially banned Reddit.
We’ve reached out to Reddit for comment and will update this post when we hear back.