Court in Moscow appointed company Meta (Facebook) a turnover fine of 1.9 billion rubles.
Earlier today the court in Moscow imposed on Google a turnover fine of over 7.2 billion rubles for systematic failure to delete prohibited information.
We will remind, earlier BBC reportedthat companies Meta (ex-Facebook) and Google face multimillion-dollar fines in Russia for refusing to remove content that the Russian authorities call “harmful.” This mainly concerns posts about protest actions in support of Alexei Navalny.
Despite the fact that the Russian authorities, complaining about the disobedience of Western social networks, appeal that they do not remove child pornography, suicide and drug propaganda, the number of such publications is very small compared to the protest content in court decisions. As noted by the BBC, only 12 references are devoted to suicide. Of the 469 links, for the failure of which the social networks were fined, more than 250 are devoted to actions in support of Alexei Navalny.
Social networks are also fined for jokes about power. As the BBC wrote, Roskomnadzor found posts in all social networks with “clear disrespect for the state, the constitution and the president of the Russian Federation.” On Twitter alone in the winter of 2020-2021, the regulator sent 75 notifications, demanding the removal of several of these posts.
In total, for 2020–2021, social networks (Meta, Google, Twitter, TikTok) were fined 156.6 million rubles for not deleting content and 47 million rubles for not storing personal data.