Vladimir Putin has a message for Fb and Twitter: See you in Moscow.
The Russian president signed a regulation Thursday requiring giant social media firms that function within the nation to open workplaces there or face harsh penalties.
If companies like Fb and Twitter — neither of which at the moment have workplaces in Russia — don’t set up bodily workplaces within the nation or open separate Russian enterprise entities, they could possibly be hit with costly penalties together with promoting bans.
“A overseas entity, finishing up actions on the web in Russia, is obliged to create a department, open an workplace or set up a Russian authorized entity,” the brand new regulation stated.
Twitter spokesperson Amy Rose Harte declined to touch upon whether or not the corporate plans to open a Russian workplace, whereas Fb didn’t instantly reply to an inquiry.
The regulation applies to any social media firm with 500,000 or extra day by day customers in Russia, in line with Alexander Khinshtein, the top of the knowledge coverage and IT committee at Russia’s decrease home of parliament.
In complete, about 20 overseas firms — together with retailers and e-commerce companies — could also be affected by the regulation, Russian state media reported.
Putin’s blessing of the brand new regulation — which comes weeks after his June meeting with US President Biden — is a part of a broader battle towards American social media firms.
In March, Putin’s authorities accused Twitter of failing to do sufficient to take away “baby pornography, pro-narcotic and suicidal content material.” In retaliation, the nation’s communications watchdog slowed Twitter’s net site visitors and threatened to outright ban the site earlier than backing down in Might.
Twitter, Fb, Google and Telegram all have courtroom Russian hearings scheduled for later this month with new fees that they allegedly didn’t delete unlawful content material rapidly sufficient.
Russian authorities have additionally objected up to now to political opponents of the Kremlin like Alexei Navalny using foreign social media platforms to prepare protests and to publicize investigations into alleged corruption.
With Submit wires