14 Sep. 2021 15:55
Facebook, Twitter and Telegram have all been fined by the Tagansky Court in Moscow for their refusal to delete content classified as illegal in Russia. These are posts about protests in support of the Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny.
Moscow’s Tagansky Court has fined the social networks Facebook and Twitter and the messenger service Telegram. The internet companies are said to have refused to delete illegal content from their platforms. Facebook is said to pay a fine of around 244,000 euros, Twitter around 58,000 euros and Telegram more than 104,000 euros.
In March, the Russian supervisory authority Roskomnadzor had drawn up logs of rule violations on Facebook, Twitter, Telegram, Instagram, TikTok, YouTube and the Russian social networks VKontakte and Odnoklassniki. The companies were accused of failing to delete content that encouraged minors to participate in unauthorized protests in support of Russian opposition politician Alexei Navalny, or of failing to do so in a timely manner.
The total fine that Facebook has to pay in Russia exceeds one million euros, according to the media. For Twitter and Telegram, these sums are around 523,000 euros and 407,000 euros.
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