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Russia fines Facebook, Telegram for failing to delete content

Moscow, July 22

A Russian courtroom fined US social media big Fb 6 million roubles ($81,350) and messaging app Telegram 11 million roubles on Thursday for failing to delete unlawful content material, the most recent salvo in a standoff between Russia and Massive Tech.

Moscow has taken steps in current months to control and curb the facility of social media and know-how giants, imposing small fines for content material violations, whereas searching for to drive overseas companies to open workplaces in Russia and retailer Russians’ private information on its territory.

Moscow’s Tagansky District Court docket stated it had issued Fb with fines totalling 6 million roubles for 2 totally different administrative offences associated to stipulations that web site house owners delete banned data or face penalties.

Telegram was fined a complete of 11 million roubles for 3 totally different offences, the courtroom stated.

Fb and Telegram didn’t instantly reply to requests for remark.

Different international locations have known as upon social media companies to do extra to police content material. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson final week met with representatives of social media corporations and warned that they are going to face fines amounting to 10% of their international revenues except they get hate and racism off their platforms.

A Russian courtroom is predicted afterward Thursday to rule on two comparable accusations in opposition to Twitter, which has been subjected to a punitive slowdown in Russia since March. Reuters

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