Roskomnadzor spoke about the results of checking compliance with Russian legislation by Internet platforms Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Google, YouTube. The department checked whether they removed prohibited materials, the data is provided since 2015. Roskomnadzor indicated that all platforms did not localize the processing of personal data.
“The check concerned the removal of such prohibited materials as child pornography, suicidal and pro-narcotic content, the involvement of minors in illegal activities and illegal mass events, materials from extremist and terrorist organizations, which are recognized in accordance with the laws of the Russian Federation,” the agency’s website says.
Prohibited content not removed since 2015:
- Twitter – more than 6 thousand (after traffic slowdown, 490 items remain unremoved);
- Facebook, Instagram – more than 3.7 thousand;
- Google, YouTube – more than 5.2 thousand
Average lead time for material removal requirements:
- Twitter – decreased from 129 to 8 days;
- Facebook, Instagram – 105 days;
- Google, YouTube – 82 days.
The number of cases of censorship of Russian media and information resources:
- Twitter – 11, including Russia Today, Sputnik, RIA Novosti, Leaders of Russia, Sputnik V vaccine account;
- Facebook, Instagram – 26, including Russia Today, RBC, TASS, Crimea 24, STRC Stavropol and Lotos;
- Google, YouTube – 29, including Russia Today, Russia 24, NTV, TVC, Vzglyad, Tsargrad, RIA FAN.
The number of protocols on administrative offenses and the amount of fines:
- Twitter – 10 protocols, a fine for not deleting prohibited information – 27.9 million rubles, for non-compliance with the requirements of the legislation on data localization – 4 million rubles;
- Facebook, Instagram – 13 protocols, a fine for not deleting prohibited information – 43 million rubles, for non-compliance with the requirements of the legislation on data localization – 4 million rubles;
- Google, YouTube – a fine for not removing prohibited content (3 out of 8 protocols considered) – 6 million rubles, for incomplete filtering in search results of prohibited materials – 9.2 million rubles.
On May 26, Deputy Head of Roskomnadzor Milos Wagner said that Facebook, Twitter and other social networks are required to localize the databases of personal data of Russian users by July 1. On May 21, a bill was introduced to the State Duma, obliging foreign IT companies with a daily audience in the Russian Federation of 500 thousand people to open their branches in the country. If they refuse to do so, they may be prohibited from distributing advertising, collecting personal data.
For more information about the new fines for Facebook and Telegram, see the article by Kommersant FM “Prohibited content attracted new fines.”