Sina Technology News On the evening of September 30, Beijing time, it was reported that Roskomnadzor, Russia's communications regulator, today warned social media giant Facebook that it would face fines of up to 10 percent of its annual revenue if it did not remove illegal content.
Roskomnadzor told the media today that it plans to send an official notice to Facebook's representatives in Russia that Facebook has repeatedly failed to remove banned content. Unless Facebook removes the illegal content as required, it faces a fine of 5 or 10 percent of its annual revenue in Russia.
Facebook's violations included its failure to remove posts that contained child pornography, drug use and extremist content, the report said. Facebook's annual revenue in Russia is estimated to be about 12 billion rubles ($165 million).
Facebook has yet to comment.
In recent months, Russia has taken a series of steps to tighten regulation of U.S. technology companies and restrict access to information online. As a result, Apple, Google, Twitter and Facebook have all been punished to varying degrees.
Roskomnadzor said in an email last week that companies that refuse to remove "content that is illegal in Russia" could soon face fines of 5 to 20 per cent of their local annual revenues. Roskomnadzor said at the time: "For companies that systematically refuse to comply with legal requirements, we are considering imposing heavy fines on them." In addition, we will consider other means of law enforcement. ”
Roskomnadzor has filed 17 administrative lawsuits against Facebook this year for failing to remove banned content and has been fined about 66 million rubles ($900,000), according to court documents. Clearly, the current fine is small.