Facebook deletes some content banned in Russia, but still faces fine -report

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MOSCOW, Oct 5 (Businesshala) – Facebook (FB.O) has complied with Russian demands to remove some banned content, but it could still face hefty fines because it was slow to do so, according to Vedomosti newspaper. quoted the state communications regulator Roskomnadzor as saying on Monday.

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Russia has in recent months increased pressure on foreign tech firms as part of a long-running push to claim more sovereignty over its segment of the Internet.

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Roskomnadzor last week threatened to fine Facebook up to 10% of its annual Russian business unless it removed content that Moscow considers illegal.

Experts cited by Vedomosti estimate Facebook’s Russian business to be between 12 and 39 billion rubles ($165-$538 million). Businesshala could not immediately verify those estimates.

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According to the newspaper report, Roskomnadzor said that Facebook has removed banned content from its platform as well as Instagram, but it could still face fines on turnover because it did not remove the content quickly. .

Facebook and Roskomnadzor did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

($1 = 72.5175 rubles)

Reporting by Alexander Marrow; Editing by Tom Balmforth

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