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Russia fines Twitter, Facebook for keeping data abroad

AFP
Moscow
A Moscow court on Thursday fined social networking giants Twitter and Facebook for ignoring a Russian law requiring them to store Russian citizens’ user data inside the country.
A court slapped the US-based companies with fines of four million rubles each (about $63,000) for failing to move their servers containing data of Russian users into Russia, Russian news agencies reported. They have 10 days to appeal.
Contacted by AFP, Twitter said the company did not comment on court decisions.
Both companies have been in a long-running dispute with Russia’s internet watchdog Roskomnadzor since a 2014 law passed requiring messaging services, search engines and social networking sites to store Russian data inside Russia.

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