Moscow: Transnational IT giants Google, Twitter and Meta (formerly Facebook) have received a total of eight new administrative protocols in Russia for failing to remove banned content from their platforms, a Moscow court told Sputnik on Tuesday.
“Two protocols against Google were registered under part 4 of article 13.41 of the administrative code (failure to remove links) and one protocol under part 2 of the same article (failure to remove prohibited content)” , said the court. Russian internet watchdog Roskomnadzor also filed two protocols against Twitter for failing to remove banned content and links to such content, and three more against Meta for the same reasons.
In September, Google was fined a total of 39 million rubles ($ 520.00) for failing to remove content banned in Russia, including for inciting extremism, as well as refusing to store personal data. of Russian citizens in Russia.
The court will consider the new complaints against Google on December 7, against Twitter and Meta on December 16.
In March, the Russian watchdog announced plans to impose fines on several social media platforms, including Facebook, for failing to remove illegal content after receiving official notification. For repeated violations, fines amount to one tenth of a company’s total annual income.
On Monday, Roskomnadzor also released a list of 13 foreign internet companies that are forced to open representative offices in the country by January 1. The list includes Google, Apple, Meta Platforms, Twitter, TikTok, Telegram, Zoom, Viber, Spotify, Likeme Pte. Ltd. (Likee), Discord, Pinterest and Twitch.