MOSCOW, May 5 (Reuters) - Russia is seeking an additional 24
million roubles ($321,586) in fines from U.S. tech giant Twitter
for failing to remove content banned in Russia, the
TASS news agency cited a court as saying on Wednesday.
State communications regulator Roskomnadzor said last week
that Twitter was complying with a demand to remove banned
content, but taking too long to do so. A punitive slowdown on
the service has been extended until May 15.
TASS said six reports concerning Twitter, each carrying a
possible fine of up to 4 million roubles over a failure to
remove content, had been lodged with a Moscow court under
Russia's Administrative Offences Code.
No date for the hearing has been set, TASS said.
Roskomnadzor, Twitter and the court did not immediately respond
to requests for comment.
In April, a court issued three separate fines against
Twitter, totalling 8.9 million roubles, over accusations it had
failed to delete banned content.
Roskomnadzor has said it wants Twitter to delete content
that contains child pornography, drug abuse information or calls
for minors to commit suicide.
Twitter denies allowing its platform to be used to promote
illegal behaviour, says it has a zero-tolerance policy for child
sexual exploitation, and prohibits the promotion of suicide or
Russia has in recent months taken steps to exert more
control over the operations of foreign social media platforms
and tech companies. Russian authorities are suing Google,
Facebook and others for allegedly failing to delete posts urging
children to take part in illegal protests.
The cases were opened after protests nationwide over the
jailing in February of Alexei Navalny, a prominent critic of
President Vladimir Putin.
Separately, Apple was last week fined $12 million for
alleged abuse of its dominance in the mobile applications
($1 = 74.6300 roubles)
(Reporting by Alexander Marrow; Editing by Alex Richardson)