Russia Fines Twitter $259,000 For Failure To Remove Banned Content

by Dikhyaa Mohanty

A local court in Russia has fined Twitter 19 million rubles (about $259,000) for its failure to remove banned content, including calls for unauthorised protests, increasing fines on the company to 27.9 million rubles ($380,000).

According to the IANS report, Twitter was fined $121,000 in early April for the same offense in Russia. Earlier this week, Moscow court fined Facebook and Google on similar charges, reports Xinhua news agency.

Meanwhile, the Indian government has hit back hard at Twitter’s latest statement raising concerns over the ‘potential threat’ to freedom of speech, saying that the microblogging platform is trying to dictate its terms in India, and also wants to undermine the country’s legal system.

The IT ministry stated that Twitter refuses to comply with those very regulations in the new intermediary guidelines on the basis of which it is claiming safe harbour protection from any criminal liability in India.

Even WhatsApp is suing the Indian government over the new IT rules for social media platforms, Twitter has requested the IT Ministry to consider a minimum of three-month extension in order for the company to implement the new intermediary guidelines.

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