Russia fines Facebook, Twitter over banned content

Russia has fined Facebook and Twitter for not deleting banned content, including to a slew of penalties the federal government has already imposed on overseas tech giants.

Russia has been tightening controls over US-based tech corporations and final week accused them of interfering in parliamentary polls due later this month.

A court docket in Moscow fined Facebook a complete of 21 million rubles (€244,000), based on an official Telegram channel.

The identical court docket fined Twitter 5 million rubles (€58,000 approx).

Facebook has up to now been fined 90 million rubles in Russia and Twitter 45 million, the state-run TASS information company reported.

Russia typically takes authorized motion in opposition to web platforms for not deleting content it labels unlawful, similar to pornographic materials or posts condoning medicine and suicide.

The judicial authorities have additionally fined Google citing the identical offences and for failing to retailer the information of Russian customers on home providers.

Russia's overseas ministry stated final week it had summoned the US ambassador in Moscow over US tech giants' "interference" within the polls.

Nearly all Kremlin critics – together with allies of jailed opposition chief Alexei Navalny – have been barred from operating in parliamentary elections on 17-19 September.

Russian media regulator Roskomnadzor has blocked dozens of internet sites linked to Navalny, together with a website that instructs Russians how one can vote out politicians of the ruling United Russia celebration.

The media regulator has additionally urged Google and Apple to take away an app devoted to Navalny's "Smart Voting" marketing campaign from their shops.

The "Smart Voting" tactic led the more and more unpopular United Russia celebration to lose numerous seats in native elections in 2019.

primarily based on website supplies www.rte.ie

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