Facebook pays fines to Russia over banned content

Facebook pays fines to Russia over banned content

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Moscow: According to a report by Interfax on Sunday, Facebook has paid a fine of 17 million rubles (US$229,643) in Russia for failing to delete content that Moscow considers illegal, but it may face the threat of a larger fine.

Facebook’s parent company Meta and Alphabet’s Google will face court proceedings next week for alleged violations of Russian content legislation and may be fined a certain percentage of their annual revenue in Russia.

Facebook did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Sunday.

Russia sent a national bailiff in October to enforce the 17 million rubles fine imposed on Facebook. The Interfax news agency quoted the Federal Marshals Service’s database as saying that as of Sunday, the company had no more enforcement procedures.

Moscow has increased its pressure on large technology companies this year. Critics describe it as an attempt by the Russian authorities to impose stricter controls on the Internet, which they say could stifle personal and corporate freedom.

According to Interfax, the instant messaging app Telegram also paid a fine of 15 million rubles.

Telegram did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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