Twitter Fined RUB 3 Million for Not Deleting Banned Content, Russia Court Says

A Moscow court on Thursday said it had fined Twitter RUB 3 million (roughly Rs. 30 lakh) for failing to delete content Russia deems illegal, the latest in a string of penalties against foreign technology firms.

Moscow has increased pressure on Big Tech this year in a campaign that critics characterise as an attempt by the Russian authorities to exert tighter control over the Internet, something they say threatens to stifle individual and corporate freedom.

Twitter has denied allowing its platform to be used to promote illegal behaviour. Twitter did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Moscow’s Tagansky District Court said Twitter had been fined RUB 3 million (roughly Rs. 3 lakh) for failing to delete banned content.

The court later said software development website GitHub, which Microsoft purchased, had been fined RUB 1 million (roughly Rs. 10 lakh) for the same offence.

San Francisco-based GitHub did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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