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The US company Facebook is subject to various sanctions in Russia and Austria

The US company Facebook is subject to various sanctions in Russia and Austria
The US company Facebook is subject to various sanctions in Russia and Austria

The US company Facebook was subjected to various sanctions in Russia and Austria, due to what was described as illegal practices, some of which violate privacyOn Thursday, a Russian court imposed fines of six million rubles ($81,350) on the US giant Facebook and 11 million rubles on the Telegram application for failing to remove content that Moscow considers illegal, according to the Russian Interfax news agency.

Moscow has taken steps in recent months to regulate and curb the power of social media and tech giants, imposing small fines for content violations, as it seeks to force foreign companies to open offices in Russia and store Russians’ personal data on its soil.

The Tagansky District Court in Moscow said it had imposed fines on Facebook totaling 6 million rubles for two different administrative violations related to the conditions for website owners to delete prohibited information or face penalties.

The court said it imposed fines on Telegram totaling 11 million rubles for three different offencesNeither Facebook nor Telegram responded to requests for commentThe Austrian judiciary also condemned Facebook for not clearly informing users of the collection of their personal data without their knowledge, according to what a non-governmental organization announced in a statement.

The world’s most famous social network did not respond to AFP’s questions on this matter on WednesdayThe Supreme Court considered that Max Shrems, a well-known activist in the field of data protection, did not obtain from the giant network “all the raw data and material information, including the legal base through which his data is processed,” according to the “NOYB” organization, which is based in Vienna”This is huge,” Max Schrems told AFP after being informed of the verdict.

Shrims heads a team of lawyers, and an organization has filed a series of lawsuits to compel digital networks to respect users’ privacySince its founding in 2018, the organization “NOYB” (an abbreviation of the English “Noon of Your Business”) organization aims to protect the privacy of users of giant electronic networks (Google, Amazon, Facebook and Apple)

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The US company Facebook is subject to various sanctions in Russia and Austria
The US company Facebook is subject to various sanctions in Russia and Austria

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