A Russian court has fined Twitter 3 million rubles for failing to remove banned content.

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A Moscow court on Thursday fined Twitter 3 million RUB (approximately Rs. 30 lakh) for failing to remove content that Russia considers illegal, the latest in a series of fines against foreign technology companies.

Moscow has stepped up pressure on Big Tech this year, which critics say is an attempt by Russian authorities to impose stricter control over the Internet, which they say threatens to cripple individual and corporate freedom.

Twitter has refused permission to use its site to promote illegal behavior. Twitter did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Moscow’s Tagansky district court has fined Twitter RUB 3 million (approximately Rs. 3 lakh) for failing to remove banned content.

The court later ruled that GitHub, a software development website acquired by Microsoft, was fined RUB 1 million (approximately Rs 10 lakh) for the same offense.

GitHub, based in San Francisco, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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