Russian justice on Friday imposed fines on the parent companies of Google and Facebook, Alphabet and Meta Platforms, both accused of not having removed content deemed illegal by the authorities.
Russian authorities have stepped up pressure on major social media this year as part of a campaign seen by critics as an attempt to exert tighter control over the internet.
Google was fined 7.2 billion rubles (approximately $ 130 million) and Meta Platforms to a fine of 2 billion rubles.
Google said it would study the court’s decision before deciding on any steps to be taken. Facebook did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Reuters.
Google has already paid more than 32 million rubles in fines for violations of content rules this year.
Russia has imposed several fines on large foreign tech companies throughout this year, but the sanctions announced on Friday mark the first time it has demanded a percentage of Russian companies’ annual turnover, significantly increasing the amount of the fine.