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Officials in Dagestan offer an iPhone SE to the citizen who can report the most Internet ‘hate speech’ criminals

Dagestan’s Communications and Mass Media Ministry is promising smartphones to citizens who are especially helpful about reporting Internet users for “extremist content.” The hotline has been active since at least April 2018, but journalists only learned about it recently. The ministry's website offers a 32-gigabyte iPhone SE to the contest’s winner, but it’s unclear when the promotion ends, and there’s no indication of how many complaints contestants have submitted, so far. Prizes for second and third places are a 32-gigabyte “Xaomi Redmi 5” and “Xaomi Redmi 4A,” respectively.

Concerned citizens can also report Internet users anonymously to Dagestani officials for promoting terrorism, inciting hatred, or spreading “other types of illegal content.”

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