With regard to Twitter, Telegram, Facebook, new offense protocols will be considered

The Moscow Magistrates’ Court in mid-September will consider the next protocols against Twitter, Telegram and Facebook on administrative offenses related to the refusal to remove content banned in Russia including myfreemp3.

“Since mid-August, the court has received five new protocols against Facebook, as well as two protocols each against Twitter and Telegram. The court hearings on them will be held on September 14,” Interfax was told in court on Saturday.

Companies are charged with committing offenses under Part 2 and Part 4 of Article 13.41 of the Code of Administrative Offenses of the Russian Federation (the owner of an information resource on the Internet does not delete information if the obligation to delete it is provided for by the legislation of the Russian Federation). The punishment for an offense under Part 1 of Article 13.41 provides for a fine of 800 thousand to 4 million rubles, under the second part of this article – a penalty of 3 to 8 million rubles.

Thus, as follows from the materials of the court, Twitter and Telegram face fines of up to 12 million rubles, Facebook – up to 28 million rubles.

Twitter, Facebook and Telegram have been repeatedly brought to administrative responsibility for violation of Russian law since the beginning of the year. Google, Mail.ru, TikTok and WhatsApp were also fined millions of dollars.

The total fines received by Twitter in the Russian Federation since the beginning of this year amounted to more than 50 million rubles, Facebook – more than 60 million rubles.

As previously reported in Roskomnadzor, since February 11, the service has been drawing up administrative protocols in relation to various social networks that have not removed or untimely removed calls, including to minors, to participate in unauthorized actions.

Also, a number of social networks were prosecuted for refusing to localize the data of Russian users on the territory of the Russian Federation.