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[Moscow = Yuichi Onoda] On the 2nd, a court in Moscow, the capital of Russia, heard an administrative lawsuit against US IT companies such as Twitter and Google to impose a fine, and a total of 6.5 million on Twitter. He ordered a fine of rubles (about 9.4 million yen). Ital Tass reported. Authorities argue that it is illegal for companies not to remove posts calling for minors to participate in unauthorized demonstrations.
In recent years, the Putin administration has strengthened the media blackouts on the Internet in Japan, while increasing pressure on US IT companies for interfering with domestic affairs through information diffusion on membership exchange sites (SNS). The proceedings also appear to be part of such a policy.
The court decided to continue the hearing on the 2nd regarding Google, which was heard prior to Twitter. A trial on Facebook will also begin.
According to telecommunications regulators, companies participated in illegal demonstrations by minors during an unauthorized demonstration held nationwide in January seeking the release of dissident leader Alexei Navalny. Leave without deleting posts that prompt you. He claimed that he would be fined 800,000-4 million rubles for each case, in violation of Russian law, which stipulates the obligation to delete illegal information. Authorities have filed three to four proceedings with each company. The fine order to Twitter is about two cases, and the fine amount may increase in the future.
At the end of January, President Putin held an online meeting "Davos Agenda" hosted by the think tank "World Economic Forum", where giant IT companies are becoming comparable to the nation in terms of influence, controlling information and inciting people. He showed his theory that he could even lead to the overthrow of the nation. Shortly after, he instructed Cheong Wa Dae and the government to draft a bill by August that would require foreign IT companies operating in Russia to open offices in Russia. It is said that the aim is to facilitate the collection of taxes and fines and strengthen surveillance.
Furthermore, in March, Russia announced to Twitter that it had not responded to requests to delete harmful information such as drugs and suicide incentives, and would take measures to slow down communication speeds. He also warned that if the situation did not improve, he would disconnect from Russia to Twitter.
Behind Russia's nervousness about IT regulation, the influence of television, which has been responsible for the administration's propaganda (political propaganda) due to the development of the Internet, is declining, while the Internet, which is difficult to control, criticizes the administration and expands demonstrations. There is a sense of crisis that it is a hotbed for the Internet.
The administration, whose approval rating is declining due to the economic downturn, has introduced measures to strengthen Internet regulations one after another. However, it is technically difficult to completely block information that is inconvenient for the administration, and there is also a dilemma that will cause further public opposition due to tightening regulations.