IT giants Google, Meta (formerly Facebook), WhatsApp paid fines totaling 22 million rubles, imposed on them by the Russian regulator for violating Russian legislation. This was reported by Roskomnadzor.
“Google, WhatsApp and Facebook paid fines imposed by the court in the amount of 22 million rubles. Twitter did not pay the fine,” reports TASS with reference to the press service of the department.
Previously, Google and Meta were awarded a turnover fine for repeated non-deletion of content in the amount of 7.2 and 2 billion rubles. These fines are the largest ever imposed on IT giants by Russian courts. Prior to that, such companies were assigned single fines that were not tied to their financial performance. Then a number of experts noted that the court’s decision should become a point of no return for foreign companies and force them to make a decision on interaction with the Russian authorities.
As a reminder, from January 1, 2022, Russia began act the law on the “landing” of foreign IT-corporations. Companies whose websites are visited by more than half a million people per day must now create their representative offices in Russia. These include Google, Meta, Apple, TikTok, Telegram, Zoom, Twich, Twitter, Viber, Discord and others. In addition, the law affects hosting providers, advertising operators and other distributors of information on the Internet.