The Russian authorities have up to five social media companies charged with allegedly not delete messages in which young people are encouraged to take part in illegal protests. So writes Reuters.
Twitter , Google and Facebook each have three cases against them, with each violation punishable by a fine of up to 4 million Russian rubles (about $ 54,000). Cases have also been filed against TikTok and Telegram, Reuters said.
— Reuters (@Reuters) March 9, 2021
Russia is like China
Russia is the same as China in that regard. They want to ban everything they don’t like. For they want to influence what people say and do.
These specific cases were brought after protests across the country over Alexei Navalny, who was imprisoned last month.
Alexei Anatolyevich Navalny
Alexei Anatolyevich Navalny is a Russian lawyer and political and social activist. Since 2009, he has gained notoriety in the Russian Federation, and more specifically in the Russian media, as a critic of corruption in Russia, and in particular of Russian leader Vladimir Putin.
Navalny and his supporters say his 30-month sentence, for alleged violations of parole in connection with embezzlement, was made up for political reasons, something the authorities, of course, deny.
MFA spox #Zakharova: Convinced that #Navalny case is a provocation, artificially elevated to international level to create false agenda in media that would distract global public from truly topical problems, and that can serve as a tool to interfere in Russia’s domestic affairs. pic.twitter.com/TtbzZN7Zvz
— Russian Embassy, UK (@RussianEmbassy) March 8, 2021