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Russia Fines Meta and TikTok Thousands of Dollars Over LGBTQ+ Content

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Euronews.One court in Moscow fined Meta the equivalent of about $53,000 on April 26. Another court fined TikTok $26,000.Judges in the cases ruled that the companies did not take down posts “propagating homosexual relations,” according to Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty.

Media regulator Roskomnadzor filed the complaints.It was not clear what content the platforms failed to remove.Euronews notes that social media companies are often fined in the country over not deleting content the Russian government disagrees with or that may be linked to the country’s political opposition.That pressure has shot up since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

The Kremlin has restricted the opposition to the invasion on numerous sites.Both companies have platforms that have been safe spaces for queer content creators over the years, even while some content has previously been censored by them as well.Recently, a 27-year-old woman was fined in Russia about $1,000 for posting pictures of same-sex parents with their children, according to Gizmodo.Russia infamously adopted the “anti-gay propaganda” law in 2013, banning any mention of LGBTQ+ issues in venues accessible to minors.

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