Russia filed fines for annual sales of Google, Meta


Moscow — Russia’s state telecommunications regulator Roscomnazol has filed a lawsuit against U.S. high-tech companies Google and Meta, which could impose fines on Russia’s annual sales, a Moscow court said. Said on Friday.

Roskomnadzor threatened both Alphabet’s Google and Meta’s Facebook in October with a fine based on the percentage of annual sales for repeated failures of content that Moscow considers illegal.

Under Russian law, companies are fined 5% to 10% of their annual sales for repeated violations.

The Tagansky District Court in Moscow said the dates of the courts of both companies were set on December 24, although neither immediately responded to the request for comment.

Russia has increased pressure on foreign tech companies to claim more control over the Internet, slow down Twitter since March, and regularly punish other companies for content breaches.

Google has paid a fine of over 32 million rubles this year. Google, Twitter and Meta have significantly reduced the number of posts that Moscow has banned on the platform.

Russia last month demanded that 13 foreign and mostly US tech companies be officially represented, restricted or completely banned in Russia by the end of 2021.