Russian court imposes fines on Google and Meta

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A Moscow court said it was fining Alphabet's Google (GOOGL.O) 7.2 billion rubles ($98 million) for what it said was a repeated failure to delete content Russia deems illegal, the first revenue-based fine of its kind in Russia.

This is the first time a Russian court has imposed a revenue-based fine under the new amendments to the Code of the Russian Federation about Administrative Offenses. Per article 13.41, social media platforms that repeatedly fail to take down content are liable to pay fines ranging from one-twentieth to one-tenth of the total amount of revenue generated by the entity. This amount is calculated based on the revenue from the year prior to the offense. The minimum fine that can be imposed for this offense is 4 million rubles.

Google, which has paid more than 32 million rubles in fines over content violations this year, is at odds with Moscow on a number of issues.

In the past, a sanctioned Russian businessman claimed victory over Google in a court case that could see the tech giant hit with another heavy fine.

Moscow has also demanded that 13 foreign and mostly U.S. technology companies, which include Google and Meta Platforms, be officially represented on Russian soil by Jan. 1 or face possible restrictions or outright bans.

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