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On Tuesday, Russia fined TikTok for failing to remove content that violates Russian “LGBT propaganda” laws and the streaming service Twitch for hosting a video interview with a Ukrainian politician who Moscow says contained “false” information.

Interfax reported that a TikTok representative in the courtroom insisted the proceedings be terminated, without giving further details.

The fines mark the latest stage in the long-running dispute between Moscow and Big Tech, with content penalties, data storage requirements and some outright bans.

TikTok, owned by Beijing-based IT company ByteDance, was fined 3 million rubles ($51,000), the Tagansky District Court in Moscow heard.

News agencies reported that the case against TikTok was based on accusations that the company “promoted non-traditional values, LGBT, feminism and a distorted representation of traditional sexual values” on its platform.

Amazon-owned Twitch was fined 4 million rubles ($68,000), the court heard. News agencies said the story was written in response to Twitch arranging an interview with Oleksiy Arestovych and adviser to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.

Russia passed a law in early March, shortly after sending tens of thousands of troops to Ukraine, that prohibits “discrediting” the armed forces, with a penalty of up to 15 years. Foreign technology companies have been warned against violating this law.


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