Russia wants to fine technology giant Twitter an additional $321,586 (24 million roubles) for failing to remove certain content banned in Russia, the TASS news agency reported on Wednesday.
According to Roskomnadzor, state communications regulator, Twitter is meeting the demand regarding removal of banned content but it takes too long time. This is the reason why Twitter is still shut in the country till May 15. TASS also reported that under Russia’s Administrative Offences Code, fine of up to 4 million roubles over failure to remove content was imposed on Twitter. Even then, no date for the hearing has been set so far.
In April, a Russian court had issued three separate fines against Twitter, which amounted to 8.9 million roubles for the company had allegedly failed to delete banned content. According to Roskomnadzor, this content includes child pornography, drug abuse, and suicide.
Twitter rejects claims that its platforms is used to promote illegal activities.
Over the recent few months, Russia has stepped up efforts to assert more control over social media platforms and technology companies. Not only Twitter is in the Russian focus, Russian authorities are suing Google, Facebook and other companies for being unable to delete posts that urged children to participate in “illegal protests”.
The discontent has intensified after the jailing of the Russia opposition leader Alexei Navalny who was allegedly poisoned by Russian authorities using a Soviet-era nerve agent called Novichok. Russia has denied this charge. Since his return to Russia, pro-Navalny supporters have conducted multiple rallies across the country and have demanded his release but to no avail.
Many claim that health of the most prominent critic of President Vladimir Putin has deteriorated, he is not receiving enough medical care in jail and is at continuous risk of dying.