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Twitter fined 3 million rubles for failing to remove banned content, Russian court finds

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A Moscow court said on Thursday it fined Twitter 3 million rubles (roughly Rs 30 lakhs) for failing to remove content Russia deems illegal, the latest in a series of sanctions against tech companies foreigners.

Moscow has stepped up pressure on Big Tech this year in a campaign that critics call an attempt by Russian authorities to exercise tighter control over the internet, which they say threatens to stifle the freedom of individuals and businesses.

Twitter has denied allowing the use of its platform to promote illegal behavior. Twitter did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The Tagansky District Court in Moscow said Twitter was fined 3 million rubles (around Rs 3 lakh) for failing to remove banned content.

The court later said that software development website GitHub, which Microsoft had purchased, had been fined 1 million rubles (around Rs 10 lakh) for the same offense.

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

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