Telegram, Twitter and Google face new multimillion-dollar fines

The Moscow Magistrates’ Court received ten new protocols on administrative offenses against Twitter, Telegram, Google, Facebook, which did not delete messages with prohibited content, including beurette telegram, companies face new multimillion-dollar fines.

“In court district 422 of the Tagansky district of Moscow, three administrative protocols were registered in relation to Google and Telegram, as well as two materials each in relation to Facebook and Twitter,” Interfax was told in court on Monday.

With regard to companies, protocols were drawn up under Part 2 and Part 4 of Art. 13.41 of the Code of Administrative Offenses of the Russian Federation (the owner of an information resource on the Internet does not delete information if the obligation to delete it is provided for by the legislation of the Russian Federation). The punishment for an offense under part 1 of article 13 41 provides for a fine of 800 thousand to 4 million rubles, under the second part of this article – a punishment of 3 to 8 million rubles.

Thus, if companies are found guilty, then Telegram will face a fine of up to 16 million rubles, Google – up to 12 million rubles, Twitter and Facebook – up to 8 million rubles each.

Court sessions to consider the received protocols have not yet been scheduled.

Earlier, the Moscow Magistrates’ Court fined Facebook 26 million rubles, 8.9 million rubles from Twitter, and 6 million rubles from Google for failure to delete the prohibited information. Also in early March, Mail.ru was fined 4 million rubles for a similar offense committed by its Odnoklassniki social network. Telegram and TikTok were also fined millions of dollars.

As previously reported in Roskomnadzor (RKN), since February 11, the service has been drawing up administrative protocols in relation to various social networks that have not removed or untimely removed calls, including to minors, to participate in unauthorized actions.

Earlier in June, the RKN also noted that Twitter, whose traffic in Russia has been slowing down since March 10, has still not removed 490 materials recognized as prohibited in the Russian Federation. An unsatisfactory situation is also noted with the removal of prohibited content by other social networks.