20. January 2022

Russian court slaps Google, Meta with massive fines


Russian court slaps Google, Meta with massive fines

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By Uliana Pavlova

Moscow: A Moscow court has slapped Google with an almost $US100 million ($138 million) positive and likewise fined Facebook’s mum or dad firm Meta $US27 million over their failure to delete content material banned by native legislation, as Russia seeks to step up stress on expertise giants.

The Tagansky District Court dominated on Friday (native time) that Google repeatedly uncared for to take away the banned content material, and ordered the corporate to pay an administrative positive of about 7.2 billion rubles (about $US98.4 million).

A Russian court fined Meta $US27 million over their failure to delete content banned by local law.

A Russian court fined Meta $US27 million over their failure to delete content material banned by native legislation.Credit:AP

Google stated it could examine the court paperwork earlier than deciding on its subsequent steps.

Later on Friday, the court additionally slapped a 1.9 billion ruble ($US27.2 million) administrative positive on Meta for failure to take away 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. Earlier this yr, authorities criticised tech firms for not deleting bulletins about unsanctioned protests in help of jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny.


Russian courts beforehand imposed smaller fines on Google, Facebook and Twitter this yr. The Moscow court’s Friday rulings marked the primary time the scale of the positive was calculated based mostly on income.

Russian authorities even have demanded that international tech giants retailer the private 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 data insurance policies within the decrease home of Russian parliament, stated the massive positive ought to ship a transparent message to all IT giants.

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


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