Russia stepped up pressure on Facebook on Tuesday, threatening to impose hefty fines on the company for repeatedly ignoring demands to remove banned content.
Roskomnadzor, the country’s media controller, said he had developed a new protocol to penalize the American social media company for failing to “remove dangerous information to citizens” on Facebook and Instagram.
These penalty calls are “5 to 10 percent” of Facebook’s “annual revenue” in total – although it does not refer to revenue earned in Russia or globally.
According to the business newspaper Vadomosti, Facebook earns billions of rubles a year in Russia.
Roskomnadzor said the court will decide when to set up the trial.
“The exact amount of the fine will be determined by the court,” the media controller said in a statement.
Russia continues to take legal action against Internet sites for not removing pornographic material or illegal content such as drugs and pro-suicide posts.
The country has already fined Facebook 90 million rubles ($ 1 million) for various fines, according to Russian news agencies, including the removal of banned content.
Russia this year has tightened restrictions on US-based technology companies and accused them of interfering in the country’s internal affairs.
In January, social networking sites Russia demanded records of calls for Russians to join the protest in support of jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny.
President Vladimir Putin complained that month that the influence of large technology companies was growing, which he said would compete with sovereign states.
Officials accused US social media companies of interfering in the parliamentary election last month and summoned the US ambassador to Moscow.
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