Russian justice has condemned the American giants Facebook and Twitter to new fines for content deemed illegal, against the backdrop of increased tensions between American social networks and Moscow in the run-up to Russian legislative elections.
Facebook and Twitter were sentenced on September 14 by Russian courts to further fines for refusing to remove content deemed illegal by Moscow. The two digital giants were fined 21 million rubles (245,000 euros) for Facebook and 5 million rubles (58,200 euros) for Twitter, according to the Telegram account of the Moscow court relayed by the Tass agency . Encrypted messaging has itself been fined 9 million rubles (104,500 euros) for the same reason.
In 2021, Facebook was repeatedly convicted under the Russian Code of Administrative Offenses for not removing content prohibited by Russian law, but also for refusing to host user data in the territory of the Russian Federation. Russia. The total amount of fines is over 90 million rubles (1,045,661 euros). For the same reasons and over the same period, the past year 2021, Twitter was fined a total of 45 million rubles (522,500 euros).
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Telegram also received a previous fine of 26 million rubles (301,900 euros) during the year for failing to remove certain illegal content.
In recent months, Moscow has accused social media of keeping posts online promoting drugs or suicide, and others calling on minors to demonstrate. More recently, Russian diplomacy spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said her ministry summoned US Ambassador to Moscow John Sullivan due to “interference” by digital giants in Russia’s scheduled parliamentary elections in November. September 17 to 19.
Google and Apple are also singled out by the Russian authorities for “electoral interference” for not having removed from their online store the application of the imprisoned opponent Alexeï Navalny. At the end of January, President Vladimir Poutine had also ruled that these companies were “in de facto competition with the States”, referring to their “attempts to brutally control society”.