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According to Russian laws, the administration of the Internet platform is obliged to restrict access to dubious content within 24 hours, otherwise a fine of three to eight million rubles is possible.

TBILISI, 11 Jun – Sputnik. Twitter still hasn’t removed nearly 500 posts with banned materials, according to the Roskomnadzor website.

“Since 2015, the site has not removed more than six thousand prohibited materials. After the application of measures to slow down social network traffic, 490 materials remain unremoved. The average time to meet the requirements for the removal of prohibited materials has been reduced from 129 to eight days,” the release says.

In addition, the agency identified 11 cases of censorship of Russian media and information resources, including Russia Today, Sputnik, RIA Novosti, as well as several accounts of Russian users and projects (Leaders of Russia, Sputnik V vaccine and others). In addition, the processing of personal data has not been localized.

“Ten protocols on administrative offenses have been drawn up. To date, the courts have considered all the protocols, the total amount of fines for not deleting prohibited information is 27.9 million rubles. For non-compliance with the requirements of Russian legislation on data localization – four million rubles,” it was reported.

According to Russian laws, the administration of the Internet platform is obliged to restrict access to dubious content within 24 hours, otherwise a fine of three to eight million rubles is possible. In the event of a repeated violation, the fine increases to between one tenth and one fifth of the company’s annual turnover. Slowdown and full traffic limitation are also provided.

Roskomnadzor stressed that the said measures of influence are based on the principle of information sovereignty and transparency and, in general, “are much more tolerant than similar regulation in many foreign countries, including the United States.”

“For example, the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA) in force in the United States was adopted back in 1938 in the wake of the fight against Nazi propaganda, but it still exists today. FARA means any activity that may affect the work of an American department or official, “the department said.

The regulator called the requirements for foreign agents in the United States “more extensive” than in Russia: in addition to registering with the Ministry of Justice and submitting financial reports, organizations must label their materials and provide information on all aspects of their work, including a detailed description of contacts with government officials.

At the same time, the punishments for violating this Law from American partners are more severe – a prison term of up to five years and / or a fine of up to ten thousand dollars, a ban on work, and for foreign citizens – deportation (in Russia, mostly fines).
Since 2016, the Russian channel Russia Today and the Sputnik agency have been targeted by FARA.

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