MENLO PARK (CBS SF/AP) — Facebook received several fines from a Moscow court this week over some posts that the country considered illegal, Russian officials said Thursday.
The Tagansky District Court in Russia’s capital ordered bailiffs to collect 26 million rubles (over $361,000) following Facebook’s failure to pay the fines, court officials said.READ MORE: Man Sentenced to 9 Years in Prison For Horrific Box Cutter Attack on Elderly Victim in Concord
Facebook didn’t immediately respond to an Associated Press’s request for comment.
Russian state communications watchdog Roskomnadzor has asked Russian courts to fine Facebook for not deleting content considered unlawful, including calls for unsanctioned anti-Kremlin protests.
The agency has ordered Facebook to pay a total of 80 million rubles ($1.1 million) in fines so far this year, and said the social media company hasn’t paid any.READ MORE: UPDATE: Suspect Arrested After Armed Standoff In San Jose Neighborhood
Roskomnadzor warned that it would impose much heftier fines equal to 5%-10% of Facebook’s sales turnover in Russia over the content deemed unlawful.
Russian authorities have methodically raised pressure on Western tech giants, including Twitter, Facebook and Google, over their roles in amplifying voices of dissent.
Authorities accused the platforms of failing to take down announcements for unauthorized protests.MORE NEWS: Police Investigating Hayes Valley Shooting After Driver Critically Injured
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