A Moscow court today fined the US company Google nearly $ 100 million for failing to delete content banned by Russian law, which shows Russia’s increased pressure on major technology companies.

The Tagansky District Court in Moscow has ruled that Google has repeatedly failed to remove the banned content and ordered the company to pay an administrative fine of about 7.2 billion rubles (about $ 98.4 million).

Google has announced that it will study the court documentation before deciding on the next steps.

Russian authorities are constantly increasing the pressure on social media platforms and accusing them of not removing information about the misuse of drugs, weapons and explosives.

Earlier this year, authorities blamed technology companies for not deleting announcements of illegal protests in support of imprisoned Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny.

Russian courts imposed fewer penalties on Google, Facebook and Twitter earlier this year. Today’s ruling by the Moscow court is the first in which the amount of the fine was calculated on the basis of income.

Russian authorities, in accordance with their law, require foreign technology giants to keep personal data of users on Russian territory, otherwise the government can punish or extinguish them.

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