Russia fines Twitter for content encouraging minors to protest

Twitter has 60 days to pay, the Interfax news service reported from a Moscow court

Russian president Vladimir Putin’s government is threatening Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and Google with  fines for not removing content. Photograph: Alexei Nikolsky, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP

Russian president Vladimir Putin’s government is threatening Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and Google with fines for not removing content. Photograph: Alexei Nikolsky, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP

 

Russia issued three fines to Twitter totalling 8.9 million rubles (€99,358) for what authorities said was a refusal to remove content that encouraged minors to join unauthorised protests, stepping up pressure on the US social media company.

Twitter has 60 days to pay, the Interfax news service reported from a Moscow court that levied the penalties on Friday.

Russian authorities last month made content on Twitter slower to load, accusing the service of failing to take down posts related to drug use, pornography and other banned topics.

On March 16th, Russia’s internet watchdog threatened to fully block the service within a month if it doesn’t delete flagged content.

A Twitter spokesperson declined to comment on the fines. Previously, the company expressed concerns about attempts to throttle online conversations and said it did not allow its platform to be used to promote illegal activities.

The government has ratcheted up pressure on social media due to posts including on Twitter that promoted protests over the jailing of opposition leader Alexey Navalny earlier this year.

Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and Google are also facing the threat of fines for not removing content. – Bloomberg