Russia Court Fines TikTok for Failing to Delete Content

A magistrate court in Russia ordered Chinese video-sharing social networking platform TikTok to pay 2.6 million roubles ($34,000) after failing to delete content that urges teenagers to participate in illegal actions and unsanctioned rallies.

The issuance of financial penalty comes as Moscow takes steps to put pressure on western social media companies.

Last Friday, Russian authorities ordered U.S. social networking giant Twitter to pay three fines totaling 8.9 million rubles (about $117,000) for refusing to remove content that allegedly incites minors to take part in unauthorized protests.

Twitter was provided 60 days to settle the penalties.

Russia’s communications watchdog Roskomnadzor said that the social media giant could face an increased fine if it would repeatedly fail to block prohibited information.

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