Open offices in the country or face sanctions: Russia’s demands to foreign technology companies

By the end of this year, Russia had demanded that more than a dozen foreign technology companies, most of them American, open offices in the country or face sanctions and sanctions. Among the targeted companies, the national communications director Roskomnadzor published the question on Monday and listed Apple, Google, Facebook, Twitter and TikTok.

Some of them already have Russian offices, Reuters reported, but it will also be necessary to register online accounts with the regulator to receive user complaints and referrals.

It follows a new law in Russia that targets social media companies with more than 500,000 daily users taking place in July, according to Reuters.

The news agency reported that all social media companies, including Telegram, which also appeared on the list, had this year been fined for failing to delete content that Russia said was illegal.

Earlier this year Google deleted 30 Russian election materials from its online store after threatening employees.

Both Apple and Google have come under intense pressure from Russian regulators to block an anti-government app, launched by friends of the Kremlin opposition jailed Alexei Navalny ahead of the country’s elections.

Back in February, authorities in Russia attacked social media outlets following protests after the arrest of an opposition leader.

At the same time Roskomnadzor also announced that it was drawing publicity to Twitter, accusing a US company of failing to remove thousands of posts related to medicine and pornography.

Twelve lawsuits have been filed in a Moscow court against Telegram, Facebook, Twitter, TikTok and Google accusing them of failing to remove complete content for teens to attend unofficial protests.

In a statement on time from the Kremlin, the Russian government said Moscow has no desire to block anything, but stressed that companies need to abide by Russian law.

President Vladimir Putin passed a law in 2019 that gave Roskomnadzor the power to ban social media platforms if they thought they had discriminated against Russia.

As the throtling intensified on Tuesday a number of Russian government websites also went down, including those of the Kremlin and for Roskomnadzor.

Government officials said the leaks were not related to Twitter activity and instead were caused by technical issues at Rostelecom, a public internet provider in that part of the country.

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