However, the possibility of enforcing the financial penalties will appear only when the companies have their representative offices, which will be Russian legal entities. Relevant legal acts were adopted in Russia in the summer.
Now the regulator of the media and the Internet, the Roskomnadzor office has compiled a list of companies that have over 500,000 in Russia. users during the day and from whom the office requests to open a representative office. The list announced on Monday evening included: Google (to which YouTube belongs), Apple, Meta Platforms (Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp), Telegram, Twitter, TikTok, Zoom, Viber, Pinterest, Spotify, Twitch, Likee and Discord.
Roskomnadzor expects these companies to introduce a contact form for Russian users on their portals, set up an account on the Roskomnadzor website and install the pageview counter recommended by the regulator. The websites will also be required to remove content that is inconsistent with Russian law.
For non-compliance with these requirements, companies may be punished by prohibiting the dissemination of advertisements, accepting payments from natural and legal persons in Russia, slowing down their activities, or even blocking them.
Large corporations have recently been fined for refusing to locate Russian user data on Russian territory, as well as for not removing prohibited content. The sum of the fines for the latter offense, imposed since the beginning of this year. compared to Facebook, Twitter, Google, TikTok and Telegram, it reached about 187 million rubles (nearly USD 2.5 million).