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Russia cracks down on Facebook, Twitter, and Telegram for non-compliance with new law

Moscow has been coming down hard on tech giants in the country by enforcing new laws and regulations.

Facebook, Twitter, and Telegram have been levied multiple fines amounting to millions of roubles (Russian currency) by a Russian court for not removing content deemed unlawful per the country's laws, according to a Reuters report. While it is not clear what the content was, the move is part of a wider crackdown against Big Tech in the country. Earlier this year, the country enforced a new law that required social media companies to take down content deemed illegal under the Russian law and comply with government requests for content takedowns within 24 hours or face fines which can go up to 10% of the companies' total annual revenues in case of repeated violations. Since then, Facebook, Google, Twitter, and WhatsApp have faced multiple fines for not removing unlawful content or not complying with government orders. How much the companies have…

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