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Moscow Court Fines Twitter, Facebook For Refusal To 'Localize' Russian Users' Data

A court in Moscow has fined Twitter and Facebook for failing to move Russian user data onto servers in Russian territory.

The Taganka district court on February 13 ordered the two global behemoths to pay 4 million rubles ($63,336) each for violating a law that obliges social-media companies to store their clients' data solely inside the country.

The lawsuits filed by Russia's media watchdog, Roskomnadzor, are the latest effort by Russian authorities to impose more control and increase their ability to monitor content and users of social media.

Russian authorities say the law, passed in 2014, is aimed at protecting Russians' personal data.

Twitter and Facebook were warned last year to comply with the data law by January 31, 2020.

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