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Russian Watchdog Fines Google, Facebook & Twitter

 |  May 9, 2021

Russian federal competition regulator Roskomnadzor has concluded sixteen decisions on refusals to remove content prohibited in Russia by Google, Facebook and Twitter, reports Cnews.ru. The companies could face fines totaling up to RUB 24 million. Six decisions are related to Twitter and five decisions are connected to each of Google and Facebook.

The official TASS news agency on May 5 quoted a court source as saying five protocols against both Google and Facebook were received by the court, with potential fines amounting to 200 million rubles ($267,000) each.

Another social-media giant, Twitter, has already been handed protocols for similar violations, which could see it fined as much as $320,000, the source added.

The moves are the latest in a major dispute Moscow has with global social-media platforms over content allegedly related to political protests.

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