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Facebook Removed Some Content Banned In Russia, But Still Fine: Report



Facebook has complied with Russian demands to remove some banned content, but it could still face heavy fines because it was slow to do so, Vedomosti newspaper said on Monday, citing state communications regulator Roskomnadzor.

Russia has in recent months increased pressure on foreign tech firms as part of a long-running push to claim more sovereignty over its segment of the Internet.

Roskomnadzor last week threatened Facebook with fines of up to 10 percent of its annual Russian business unless it removes content that Moscow considers illegal.

Experts quoted by Vedomosti estimate Facebook’s Russian business to be between RUB 12 billion (about Rs 1,230 crore) and RUB 39 billion (about Rs 4,000 crore). Reuters could not immediately verify those estimates.

According to the newspaper report, Roskomnadzor said that Facebook has removed banned content from its platform as well as Instagram, but it could still face fines on turnover because it did not remove the content quickly. .

Facebook and Roskomnadzor did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

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