Russia fines Twitter over calls to protests
Russia fines Twitter over calls to protests and rallies happening all over the country. Earlier this year, in Russia the protests and rallies were happening in the support of jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny. Authorities of Russia accused foreign social media platforms and other tech giants of interfering in Russia’s interior affairs by not removing fake calls to protest in support of jailed Alexei Navalny.
Last Friday, RIA Novosti news agency quoted a Moscow court as it had hit Twitter with three fines totalling 8.9 million rubles (Russian currency) or $116,700 for not removing fake calls over protests. Twitter refused to reply when it was reached by AFP. At that time, Twitter announced it was concerned by attempts to block online public conversation. In January, President Vladimir Putin complained about the increasing influence of large tech giants in the country.
The Russian authorities regularly fine major social media and other tech giants companies like Twitter, Facebook and Google. The reason for the fine includes the violations of the interest of Russian policy. Due to regular fines, tech giants have been warning Russia for banning their services. However, Russia is not going to listen to them due to its supremacy in technology. Additionally, the reason why Russia is keeping fining social media companies because of the number of users using their services. In Russia, many of the headquarters of social media platforms are located. Russia penalties Twitter in the same manner due to its interior protest.
Last week, a law came into Russia that ensures to install the Russian made software in their mobility devices. Everyone in Russia has to make sure for sure that they are using the Russian made software on their devices. The Russian made software is necessary for smartphones, tablets and computers of the citizens of Russia. Moreover, the people will force to use their country’s applications. The think tank didn’t want the information to leak out of their citizens and officials due to security risks. Russia is taking the online freedom of their citizens. As we all know due to the communist government in the country, everyone’s information has supposed to be in the government’s control.