Russian authorities on Thursday warned social media big Facebook it faces a fine of as much as 10 p.c of its annual turnover in the nation until it deletes content Moscow deems unlawful.
Upping the ante in its standoff with US Big Tech, state communications regulator Roskomnadzor informed Reuters it was planning to ship Facebook’s representatives in Russia an official notification saying it had repeatedly did not take away banned info.
That, it stated, may result in a fine of 5 p.c or 10 p.c of Facebook’s annual Russian turnover until the scenario is remedied.
Facebook’s violations embrace failing to take away posts containing youngster pornography, drug abuse and extremist content, the Vedomosti every day reported individually.
Facebook had no instant remark.
Moscow has elevated strain on international tech corporations over the final year as a part of a long-running push to say higher sovereignty over its section of the web, together with efforts to make corporations retailer Russians’ personal knowledge on its territory.
On Wednesday, Russia threatened to dam YouTube, owned by Alphabet Inc., after the video-hosting big eliminated Russian state-backed broadcaster RT’s German-language channels from its web site.
Earlier this year, Roskomnadzor wrote to Facebook and different social media corporations demanding they take away posts containing requires minors to take part in anti-government protests after the arrest of Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny.
Vedomosti cited consultants who estimated Facebook’s annual Russian turnover at round 12 billion roubles ($165 million).
Reuters couldn’t instantly confirm that estimate.
Roskomnadzor has opened 17 completely different administrative instances towards Facebook this year for failing to delete banned content, court docket paperwork confirmed, with 64 million roubles owed in fines or pending.
A turnover fine would dwarf these levied to date.
“Facebook’s administration has not paid the fines,” Vedomosti cited Roskomnadzor as saying.