ADDED ON: 04/27/2022

Russia Fines Meta for Spreading ‘LGBT Propaganda’ After Banning Facebook and Instagram.

04/26/2022 | Gizmodo

Russian courts might have banned Facebook and Instagram access across the country just a month ago, but that’s not going to stop those same courts from fining them anyway. A Russian judge slapped Facebook and Instagram’s parent company, Meta Platforms, with a 4 million rouble fine (roughly $53,500) on Tuesday for failing to take down posts that Russian government labeled “LGBT propaganda.” TikTok, meanwhile, was hit with a 2 million rouble fine ($26,755) for also failing on that front, according to a new report from Agence France Presse (AFP). Amid Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, Meta allowed Ukrainians to wish death on Russian troops and president Vladimir Putin, deeming these threats of violence to be acceptable speech during wartime. Such invective would normally go against the terms of service of Meta’s social networks. The company eventually rolled back the change. Russia retaliated anyway and banned access to Facebook and Instagram and labeled Meta an “extremist organization” on the level of ISIS.

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