Russian justice fines Meta Platforms and Google

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russian courts on Friday imposed fines on Google and Facebook parent companies Alphabet and Meta Platforms, both accused of failing to remove content deemed illegal by authorities.

Russian authorities have increased their pressure on major social media this year as part of a campaign seen by critics as an attempt to tighten up the internet.

Google was fined 7.2 billion rubles (approximately 86.5 million euros) and Meta Platforms 2 billion rubles.

Google said it would study the court’s decision before deciding on next steps. Facebook did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Reuters.

Google has already paid more than 32 million rubles in fines for violations of content rules this year.

Russia has imposed several fines on large foreign tech companies throughout this year, but the sanctions announced on Friday mark the first time it has required a percentage of the annual turnover of Russian companies, significantly increasing the amount of the fine. .

(Report by Anton Kolodyazhnyy and Maria Tsvetkova, written by Olzhas Asezov; French version Camille Raynaud)

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