Russian court slaps fine on Twitter, Facebook

Twitter and Facebook have got a fine of four mln rubles (about $ 63,000) each for their refusal to localize databases in the territory of the Russian Federation, news agency Interfax reports.

A Moscow court found the companies guilty of committing an offense under Article 13.11 of the Administrative Code (operators’ failure to comply with the obligation to record, arrange, collect and store personal data of Russians using the databases they have in the territory of Russia). Such violation is punishable by a fine of one to six million Russian rubles.

The Federal Service for Supervision of Communications, Information Technology and Mass Media (Roskomnadzor) initiated the case against Twitter and Facebook on January. According to the agency, the companies failed to fulfil the requirements for the placement of servers in Russia.

In 2016, Moscow blocked blocked the service LinkedIn after the corporation stopped short of localizing the information they had about Russian Internet users.