On December 24, the magistrate of the Tagansky district of Moscow imposed a turnover fine on Meta (formerly Facebook. – Ed.). Almost 2 billion rubles will be charged from the company for repeated failure to delete prohibited information.
Meta was found guilty of an offense under Part 5 of Article 13.41 of the Administrative Code of Russia. The total amount of the fine is 1,990,984,950 rubles.
As explained in Roskomnadzor, Facebook and Instagram have not removed more than 2 thousand materials with prohibited information, this threatens with new turnover fines.
A Meta spokesman did not comment on the court ruling to journalists.
Earlier that day, the judge ordered a fine of Google 7.2 billion rubles.
The court found the company guilty of committing an administrative offense under Part 5 of Art. 13.41 of the Administrative Code of the Russian Federation. The exact amount of the fine is 7,221,916,235 rubles. The verdict is associated with a repeated violation of Art. 13.41 “Violation of the procedure for restricting access to information …”.
This is the first time a turnaround fine has been imposed on Google in Russia. Its size depends on the company’s revenue. The court had the right to apply a turnover fine to her – from 1/20 to 1/10 of the proceeds for the year preceding the year in which the violation was revealed, but not less than 4 million rubles.
A company representative escaped from the building of the magistrate court in the Tagansky district of Moscow through the back door.
Earlier, December 7, Google has been fined four times in Russia. So the magistrate ruled to fine the company under two protocols for 4 million rubles for failure to remove prohibited content. The court also fined the company under two protocols for not removing links to sites with prohibited information (part 4 of article 13.41 of the Administrative Offenses Code of the Russian Federation) 10 million rubles. Thus, the total amount of Google fines at that time reached 58 million rubles.
Fines were issued for failure to remove prohibited content, including calls to extremism, links to it, as well as refusal to localize personal data of Russians on servers in the Russian Federation, adds the Gazeta.Ru website.
The law, according to which social networks must themselves identify and block prohibited content, came into force in Russia on February 1. If they cannot independently assess the illegality of the content, the administration of the social network must send the data to Roskomnadzor within 24 hours.