Intermediary Liability

Russia imposes fine on Facebook & Twitter for not deleting banned content

On Tuesday, a Court in Russia imposed a fine on Facebook and Twitter for failing to remove content that the country considers illegal. It’s part of Russia’s broader crackdown on the internet and Big Tech corporations.

Details of the case

Facebook received five fines totaling 21 million roubles ($287,850) from the Tagansky district court. Twitter was hit with two fines totaling 5 million roubles.

Russia has pushed for foreign internet businesses to create full-fledged offices in Russia. In its efforts to tighten its grip on the internet, it also wants intermediaries to retain Russians’ data on its soil.

Crackdowns in Russia

The government also announced plans on Tuesday to levy additional taxes on foreign-owned digital services to boost the country’s tech sector. Roskomnadzor, the Russian national communications regulator, began slowing down Twitter’s performance in March, citing the company’s failure to remove forbidden content quickly enough.

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Pukhraj Biala

I am an undergraduate student at Symbiosis Law school, NOIDA, pursuing B.A.LL.B. I am a problem solver who believes in reaching to a conclusion by weighing all the options and identifying the best possible one. I find Technology Laws quite fascinating and I continue to follow and learn the subject.

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