The Vedomosti newspaper quoted state communications regulator Roskomnadzor on Monday as saying that Facebook had complied with Russia’s demands to remove some of the banned content, but that it would face even more fines for being late in doing so.
In recent months, Russia has increased pressure on foreign technology companies as part of its long-term drive to establish greater sovereignty over its Internet sector.
Roskomnadzor last week threatened to impose a fine of up to 10 percent of its annual Russian revenue on Facebook if Moscow does not remove the content it considers illegal.
Experts quoted by Vedomosti estimate Facebook’s Russian business at 12 billion rubles (approximately Rs 1,230 crore) and 39 billion rubles (approximately Rs 4,000 crore). Reuters could not immediately verify those estimates.
Roskomnadzor said Facebook had removed the banned content from its platform and Instagram, but the newspaper reported that it could be fined for revenue if it did not remove the content quickly.
Facebook and Roscomnatser did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
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