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Russia fines TikTok for 'LGBT propaganda', Twitch over Ukraine content

Economy Oct 04, 2022 01:13PM ET
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By Alexander Marrow

MOSCOW (Reuters) -Russia on Tuesday fined TikTok for failing to delete content that violates Russian laws on 'LGBT propaganda' and streaming service Twitch for hosting a video interview with a Ukrainian political figure that Moscow said contained 'fake' information.

Neither company immediately responded to a Reuters request for comment. Interfax reported that a TikTok representative in the courtroom had insisted the proceedings be terminated, without giving further details.

The fines mark the latest step in Moscow's long-running dispute with Big Tech, with penalties over content, demands over data storage and some outright bans.

TikTok, owned by Beijing-based IT company ByteDance, was fined 3 million roubles ($51,000), Moscow's Tagansky District Court said.

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

Twitch, owned by Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN), was fined 4 million roubles ($68,000), the court said. News agencies said the case had been drawn up in response to Twitch hosting an interview with Oleksiy Arestovych, and adviser to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy.

Twitch was fined 3 million roubles earlier this year for hosting another Arestovych interview.

Russia passed a law in early March, soon after sending tens of thousands of troops into Ukraine, that prohibits "discrediting" the armed forces, with a sentence of up to 15 years. Foreign tech firms have been warned against violating that law.

TASS reported on Tuesday that Twitch faces two new fines of up to 8 million roubles for not deleting what Russia considers unreliable information about the course of its "special military operation" in Ukraine.

RUSSIA'S 'LGBT PROPAGANDA' LAW

Russia is considering expanding its existing "gay propaganda" law, passed in 2013, which bans any person or entity from promoting homosexual relationships to children. Lawmakers have argued the law should be expanded to include adults as well and fines for exposing minors to "LGBT propaganda" should be increased.

Russian authorities say they are defending morality in the face of what they argue are un-Russian liberal values promoted by the West, but human rights activists say the law has been broadly applied to intimidate Russia's LGBT community.

Separately, the Wikimedia Foundation, which hosts online encyclopaedia Wikipedia, also faces a 4 million rouble fine for not deleting "fakes" about the Russian army, RIA reported.

($1 = 58.8000 roubles)

Russia fines TikTok for 'LGBT propaganda', Twitch over Ukraine content
 

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deeeeeez nuttttzzzzFJB
deeeeeez nuttttzzzzFJB Oct 04, 2022 2:18PM ET
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sorry my children don't need trannies reading them books at school. LGBT has infiltrated the DOE. absolute Satanism going on in the US. Putin has the stones to not allow it. sorry he is correct. USA has gone coocoo to special interest groups
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Ferdinando Riboni Oct 04, 2022 1:34PM ET
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big Tech owns Americans
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unbelievable, the number of right wing r(etards) on here, living in the 19th century. truth social not working again?
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ok Boomer
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Write it out, I am sincerly interested by your thinking about this not-yet-seen-ever political and economical mess. It seems to me. that tens of millions average Joes are going to end up victims of this highly risky "no-winner's game". The overall consequences on our "matured countries" are gonna be far beyond what happened worldwide in 1929!
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John Hill Oct 04, 2022 6:13AM ET
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Kudos to Putin for trying to put a stop to perversion. He knows history. Kingdoms fall when perversion persists.
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Ken Roth Oct 04, 2022 5:51AM ET
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This is year 2022…get over it…I have..even though I am not a major fan
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Or send them a picture of putin and trump making it out
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John Hill  Dont follow Qanon reality only real world
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lol, learn to use Google and STOP listening to your puppet masters as your only source of information.
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things only make sense to a liberal when there is no evidence to support their conclusion.
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govt investigation, NOT qanon. https://www.grassley.senate.gov/news/remarks/grassley-johnson-release-bank-records-tying-biden-family-to-ccp-linked-individuals-and-companies
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exactly. putin has a vdo of him weeing in trumps gob. thats how he made him his bitc#
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Send them a *****
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Russia wgaf bury them eliminate the ******
 
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