Sina Technologies News Beijing time on September 15th morning, a Russian court said on Tuesday that US social media companies Facebook and Twitter had been punished for not deleting content that Moscow considered illegal. Facebook received five fines totalling 21 million rubles (about $28.80), Twitter received two, totalling 5 million rubles (about $69,000) and Telegram was fined 9 million rubles (about $124,000).
Moscow has tightened controls on the Internet, requiring foreign Internet companies to set up full offices in Russia, where data for Russian citizens must be present. Russia is also preparing to impose a new tax on foreign digital services in order to support the development of its own technology companies.
In March, Russia's Federal Communications, Information Technology and Mass Media Supervision Agency (Roskomnadzor) began to speed up efforts to curb Twitter because it was not deleting banned content fast enough. Internet services are under increasing pressure as Russia holds parliamentary elections from September 17 to 19. Roskomnadzor is trying to block VPNs and content related to opposition figure Alexei Navalny.
An app has appeared online, and Navalny's team is preparing to use it to launch what it calls a "smart vote" campaign. Russian law police want Google to comply with a court order blocking searches related to the phrase "smart voting." On Monday, Russian state bailiffs visited Google's Russia office. (Starfish)