A Russian court said Twitter was fined 3 million rubles for not deleting prohibited content

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A Moscow court announced Thursday that it fined Twitter 3 million rubles (about 30 lakh) for failing to delete content Russia considers illegal, the latest in a string of penalties against foreigners Technology company.

Moscow this year increased pressure on Big Tech in a campaign that critics characterize as an attempt by the Russian authorities to control the Internet more, which they believe threatens to stifle the freedom of individuals and businesses.

Twitter has declined to use its platform to promote illegal behavior. Twitter did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Moscow’s Tagansky District Court said Twitter was fined 3 million rubles (about 3 lakh) for failing to delete prohibited content.

The court later said that the software development website GitHub, which Microsoft had bought, had been fined RUB 1 million (approximately Rs. 10 lakh) for the same offense.

San Francisco-based GitHub didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.

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