Russian internet censors have issued three fines to Twitter totaling 8.9 million rubles (about $117,000) for the website's refusal to remove content that encouraged people to join unauthorized protests.
Twitter has 60 days to pay.
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 16, Russia's internet censor threatened to fully block the service within
a month if it doesn't delete flagged content.
Update: TikTok too
7th April 2021. See
article from meduza.io A Russian court has
fined the video sharing platform TikTok for failing to remove content that allegedly incited minors to participate in unsanctioned protests in Moscow, reports the Russian state news agency TASS.
The 2.5-million ruble ($32,375) fine was handed down by
a magistrate on charges of violating the procedure for restricting access to information that is prohibited under Russian law. In late January, representatives of the social networks TikTok, Facebook, Telegram, and VKontakte were summoned to Russia's
federal censorship agency, Roskomnadzor, over content calling for participation in the demonstrations in support of jailed opposition politician Alexey Navalny that took place across Russia on January 23. Roskomnadzor initially reported that the social
networks were actively removing this content. However, the censorship agency later announced that not all of the prohibited information had been blocked, and as such, the social networkers were facing fines ranging from 800,000 to four million rubles
($10,360 to $51,800).