The Russian Internet regulator is preparing to significantly increase the amount of fines it will impose on Google's parent company Alphabet, Facebook and other American technology companies.
Companies that refuse to remove content deemed illegal in Russia could soon face fines of 5 to 20 percent of their annual local revenue, Roskomnadzor, Russia's communications, Information Technology and Mass Media Watchdog, said in an email on Monday.
"Many companies have systematically refused to comply with Roskomnadzor's legal requirements and the issue of fines in proportion to revenues will soon be considered." The department said. The agency is also considering other enforcement options. (Author/Xiao Yu)
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