Russia Fines Social Media Giants For Failing To Remove Banned Content

A Russian court fined Facebook, Twitter and Telegram on the grounds that those companies failed to remove content that Russia’s internet regulator Roskomnadzor says violates the law. Facebook was fined about $ 288,000, while Twitter was fined $ 69,000 and Telegram, $ 124,000, according to the magistrates court in Moscow’s Taganskiy district. Neither company has commented on the matter. In March, the Kremlin slowed down Twitter in the country for failing to remove content. The fines have been both for the content, and for the refusal of companies to store personal data of Russian users in Russia. Russia is also trying to force these companies to open official offices in the country. Critics of the Kremlin say the measures are an effort by the country’s ruling United Party to crack down on dissent in the run-up to the Sept. 19 parliamentary elections. * With information from Reuters. Connect with the ! Subscribe to our YouTube channel and activate notifications, or follow us on social networks: Facebook, Twitter

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