Russia fined Fb and Twitter on Tuesday for not deleting banned content material, including to a slew of penalties the federal government has already imposed on international tech giants.
Russia has been tightening controls over US-based tech firms and final week accused them of interfering in parliamentary polls due later this month.
A courtroom in Moscow slapped Fb with 5 fines on Tuesday totalling 21 million rubles ($288,000), based on an official Telegram channel.
The identical courtroom fined Twitter 5 million rubles.
Fb has thus far been fined 90 million rubles in Russia and Twitter 45 million, the state-run TASS information company reported.
Russia usually takes authorized motion towards web platforms for not deleting content material it labels unlawful, corresponding to pornographic materials or posts condoning medicine and suicide.
The judicial authorities have additionally fined Google citing the identical offences and for failing to retailer the information of Russian customers on home providers.
Almost all Kremlin critics — together with allies of jailed opposition chief Alexei Navalny — have been barred from operating in parliamentary elections on 17-19 September.
Russia’s international ministry mentioned final week it had summoned the US ambassador in Moscow over US tech giants’ “interference” within the polls.
Russian media regulator Roskomnadzor has blocked dozens of internet sites linked to Navalny, together with a web site that instructs Russians how you can vote out politicians of the ruling United Russia occasion.
The media regulator has additionally urged Google and Apple to take away an app devoted to Navalny’s “Sensible Voting” marketing campaign from their shops.
The “Sensible Voting” tactic led the more and more unpopular United Russia occasion to lose numerous seats in native elections in 2019.