The Federal Service for Supervision of Communications, Information Technology and Mass Media of Russia (known as Roskomnadzor) said on Friday that Facebook and Instagram had been fined millions of rubles for not taking down "prohibited" content online. "The total amount of fines for not removing prohibited information is 43 million rubles. For non-compliance with the requirements of Russian data localization legislation - 4 million rubles," Roskomnadzor said in a press release according to a machine translation. The combined fines on Facebook and Instagram translate to around Rs 4.8 crores at current exchange rates. We have reached out to Facebook for comment. The Associated Press reported that Telegram was also fined 10 million rubles (~Rs 1 crore); Roskomnadzor's press release does not mention the service. While it is not clear what content the messaging app was fined for, the agency said that where Facebook and Instagram were concerned, "Twenty-six cases of censorship of Russian media and information resources have been identified, including Russia Today, RBC, ITAR-TASS, Crimea 24, Stavropol, Lotus and other Russian media. Restrictions were imposed on the stream dedicated to Yuri Gagarin's flight into space, in the RT account, RT's "Red Fish" educational project, on materials with fragments of the Russian national anthem, etc." (machine translation) Google, Twitter fined Google was fined 6 million rubles in total, though it is unclear if these fines are recent. Since 2015, more than 5.2 thousand prohibited materials have not been removed. The average time it takes to remove prohibited information is 82…
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