Russia fines Facebook, Twitter and Telegram, strict steps towards controlling the Internet

Russia fines Facebook, Twitter and Telegram, strict steps towards controlling the Internet

A Russian court on Tuesday said it has fined US media companies Facebook and Twitter and messaging app Telegram for not removing illegal content. The Tagansky District Court reported that Facebook has been fined a total of 2.1 million rubles (about Rs 2.12 crore) in five cases, while Twitter will have to pay a total fine of 50 million rubles (about Rs 50.49 lakh) in two cases. The court has also imposed a fine of 90 lakh rubles (about Rs 90.88 lakh) on the messaging app Telegram. Facebook, Twitter and Telegram have not yet responded in this matter.

Russia has made it mandatory for foreign Internet companies to open full-time offices in their country, taking strict steps towards controlling the Internet. Companies must collect data related to Russian citizens in their territory.

Fine has already been imposed

In June this year, Russian authorities fined Facebook and Telegram apps for their alleged failure to remove banned content. A Moscow court fined Facebook 17 million rubles and Telegram 10 million rubles. Earlier on May 25, Russian authorities fined Facebook 26 million rubles for not removing content deemed illegal. At the same time, Telegram was fined 5 million rubles in April for not removing content that called for demonstrations. Earlier this year, Russia's state communications watchdog 'Roskomnadzor' allegedly accused Twitter of removing illegal content. Failure to do so was threatened with a ban. Officials had said the platform had failed to remove information related to child pornography, narcotics, and material that abetted children to commit suicide.

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