Russia Fines TikTok for ‘LGBT Propaganda,’ Twitch Over Ukraine Content

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MOSCOW—Russia connected Tuesday fined TikTok for failing to delete contented that violates Russian laws connected ‘LGBT propaganda’ and streaming work Twitch for hosting a video interrogation with a Ukrainian governmental fig that Moscow said contained ‘fake’ information.

Neither institution instantly responded to a Reuters petition for comment. Interfax reported that a TikTok typical successful the courtroom had insisted the proceedings beryllium terminated, without giving further details.

The fines people the latest measurement successful Moscow’s long-running quality with Big Tech, with penalties implicit content, demands implicit information retention and immoderate outright bans.

TikTok, owned by Beijing-based IT institution ByteDance, was fined 3 cardinal rubles ($51,000), Moscow’s Tagansky District Court said.

News agencies reported that the lawsuit against TikTok was based connected accusations that the institution was “promoting non-traditional values, LGBT, feminism, and a distorted practice of accepted intersexual values” connected its platform.

Twitch, owned by Amazon, was fined 4 cardinal rubles ($68,000), the tribunal said. News agencies said the lawsuit had been drawn up successful effect to Twitch hosting an interrogation with Oleksiy Arestovych, and advisor to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy.

Twitch was fined 3 cardinal rubles earlier this twelvemonth for hosting different Arestovych interview.

Russia passed a instrumentality successful aboriginal March, soon aft sending tens of thousands of troops into Ukraine, that prohibits “discrediting” the equipped forces, with a condemnation of up to 15 years. Foreign tech firms person been warned against violating that law.

TASS reported connected Tuesday that Twitch faces 2 caller fines of up to 8 cardinal rubles for not deleting what Russia considers unreliable accusation astir the people of its “special subject operation” successful Ukraine.

Russia’s ‘LGBT Propaganda’ Law

Russia is considering expanding its existing “gay propaganda” law, passed successful 2013, which bans immoderate idiosyncratic oregon entity from promoting homosexual relationships to children. Lawmakers person argued the instrumentality should beryllium expanded to see adults arsenic good and fines for exposing minors to “LGBT propaganda” should beryllium increased.

Russian authorities accidental they are defending morality successful the look of what they reason are un-Russian wide values promoted by the West.

Separately, the Wikimedia Foundation, which hosts online encyclopaedia Wikipedia, besides faces a 4 cardinal ruble good for not deleting “fakes” astir the Russian army, RIA reported.

($1 = 58.8000 rubles)

Reuters

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