Russia on Tuesday stepped up the stress on Fb, threatening to hit the corporate with its largest positive but for repeatedly ignoring requests to take away banned content material.
The nation’s media regulator Roskomnadzor mentioned that it had drawn up a brand new protocol to penalise the US social media big for repeatedly failing “to take away data harmful to residents” on Fb and Instagram.
It mentioned the positive requires a complete of “5 to 10 p.c” of Fb’s “annual income” — although it didn’t specify whether or not it meant income earned in Russia or worldwide.
Based on the Vedomosti enterprise each day, Fb earns tens of billions of rubles in Russia per 12 months.
Roskomnadzor mentioned a courtroom will decide when to set the listening to.
“The precise quantity of the positive can even be decided by the courtroom,” the media regulator mentioned in a press release.
Russia recurrently takes authorized motion in opposition to web platforms for not eradicating content material it labels unlawful, reminiscent of pornographic materials or posts condoning medicine and suicide.
The nation has already fined Fb 90 million rubles ($1 million) for varied penalties, based on Russian information businesses, together with not deleting banned content material.
Russia this 12 months has additionally been tightening controls over US-based tech corporations, accusing them of interfering within the nation’s inside affairs.
In January, Russia demanded that social networks take down posts calling on Russians to affix protests in help of jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny, below the guise of stopping minors from attending.
President Vladimir Putin that month complained of the rising affect of enormous tech corporations, which he mentioned had been competing with sovereign states.
Final month authorities accused US social media corporations of interfering in parliamentary elections and summoned the US ambassador in Moscow.
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