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Russian court docket slaps Google, Meta with huge fines

Russian court docket slaps Google, Meta with huge fines

MOSCOW (AP) — A Moscow court docket on Friday slapped Google with an almost $100 million effective and likewise fined Fb’s guardian firm Meta $27 million over their failure to delete content material banned by native regulation, as Russia seeks to step up stress on expertise giants.

The Tagansky District Courtroom dominated that Google repeatedly uncared for to take away the banned content material, and ordered the corporate to pay an administrative effective of about 7.2 billion rubles (about $98.4 million).

Google mentioned it will research the court docket paperwork earlier than deciding on its subsequent steps.

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Later Friday, the court docket additionally slapped a effective of almost 2 billion rubles ($27.2 million) on Meta for failure to take away banned content material.

Russian courts had beforehand imposed smaller fines on Google, Fb and Twitter this yr, and Friday’s rulings marked the primary time the dimensions of the effective was calculated based mostly on income.

Russian state communications watchdog Roskomnadzor mentioned Google and Meta had been particularly accused of violating the ban on distributing content material that promotes extremist ideology, insults spiritual beliefs and encourages harmful habits by minors, amongst different issues.

The company mentioned that Fb and Instagram have didn’t take away 2,000 objects regardless of the courts’ requests to take action, whereas Google has didn’t delete 2,600 such objects.

It warned that they could face extra revenue-based fines for failure to delete the banned content material.

Russian authorities have steadily ramped up stress on social media platforms, accusing them of failing to purge content material associated to drug abuse, weapons and explosives and extremist views.

Earlier this yr, authorities criticized tech corporations for not deleting bulletins about unsanctioned protests in help of jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny.

Russian authorities even have demanded that international tech giants retailer the non-public knowledge of Russian residents on servers in Russia, threatening them with fines or potential bans in the event that they fail to conform.

Alexander Khinshtein, head of the committee on info insurance policies within the decrease home of Russian parliament, mentioned the huge effective ought to ship a transparent message to all IT giants.

He added that Russian regulation envisages different types of punishment for failure to adjust to court docket orders, together with slowing down site visitors and full blocking.

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