Russia’s communications regulator, Roskomnadzor, has files ac court case against U.S based tech companies Alphabet Inc. (GOOGL) and Facebook Inc. (FB) which recently rebranded to Meta. According to the Moscow court which the case was filed, the two companies could possibly end up getting fined for their annual turnover in Russia.
Back in October, the regulator had threatened to slap both Google and Facebook with fines based on the percentage of their annual turnover due to continuously failing to delete content which Russia’s government termed illegal from their respective platforms.
According to the laws in Russia, companies are allowed to be fined between 5% and 10% of their annual turnover for repeated violations. The Moscow District court where the case was filed slated December 24 as the day when hearing of the cases will commence.
In recent times, Russia has been going hard on foreign technology companies regarding information spreading on their platforms which the state deems illegal.
Year-to-date, Google has parted with fines amounting over 32 million roubles while Facebook and Twitter have drastically reduced the number of posts and information prohibited by Russia’s government across their social platforms.