In the latest instance of a long-running conflict between Russia and the social network operator, a Russian court penalised Twitter $259,000 for failing to erase information deemed illegal by Moscow.
Since March, Twitter has been subjected to a punitive delay in Russia, as part of a larger dispute between Moscow and global IT corporations over what it refers to as “internet sovereignty.”
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Roskomnadzor, the state communications regulator, temporarily paused the delay earlier this month after Twitter removed more than 90% of unlawful content, including child pornography, drug addiction information, and suicide appeals for kids, according to Roskomnadzor.
Twitter claims it has a zero-tolerance approach for child sex abuse and forbids the advocacy of suicide or self-harm on its site.
The Tagansky District Russian Court in Moscow announced on Thursday that it had fined Twitter for six different administrative offences totalling 19 million roubles.
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In April, Twitter was fined 8.9 million roubles after failing to reply to a request for comment.
Repeat offences might result in a punishment of up to 10% of the company’s total annual sales, according to Roskomnadzor, though it’s uncertain if it would go that far.