Russia fines Meta and TikTok for spreading LGBT ‘propaganda’


In another hearing, the Moscow Mirovoi court sentenced the TikTok platform, a subsidiary of the Chinese group ByteDance, to a fine of two million rubles for the same reason.

Russia fines Meta and TikTok for spreading LGBT 'propaganda'

Russia fines Meta and TikTok for spreading LGBT ‘propaganda’. Photo: Illustrative

A Russian court on Tuesday fined Meta, the parent company of Facebook and Instagram, and the social network TikTok for refusing to remove LGBT content.

A Moscow district court ordered the US giant to pay four million rubles ($53,000) for not deleting content with LGBT “propaganda,” the Interfax agency reported.

In another hearing, the Moscow Mirovoi court sentenced the TikTok platform, a subsidiary of the Chinese group ByteDance, to a fine of two million rubles for the same reason.

Big tech companies are frequently fined in Russia for refusing to remove posts at the request of authorities.

Since the start of Moscow’s military campaign in Ukraine, Russia has stepped up pressure on social media, banning Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

Attacks against the LGBT community are relatively common in Russia, where conservative and religious circles take a dim view of this community.

Moscow passed a controversial law in 2013 against homosexual “propaganda” directed at minors that has been used to ban demonstrations and veto the display of the rainbow flag.

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