Russian Court Fines Google, Twitter and Whatsapp
Twitter, Facebook, and Whatsapp have been fined by a Russian court for refusing to filter search data to remove information that is banned in Russia.
On Thursday, a Russian court-imposed fine of 17 million rubles ($229,730) on Twitter, the Interfax news agency reported.
Google was also found guilty of an administrative violation by the Tagansky District Magistrates' Court in Moscow for not adequately filtering search results in Russian territory to remove content banned in the Russian Federation.
Due to insufficiently filtering its search results to eliminate information banned in Russia, the Court also fined Facebook 15 million rubles and WhatsApp 4 million rubles.
Russia has enacted tough Internet legislation in recent years, requiring search engine operators to delete some results, messaging service providers to provide encryption keys to security agencies and social media platforms to store the personal data of Russian users on servers inside the country.