Russia’s watchdog imposes measures against TikTok, Telegram, Zoom, Discord, Pinterest

Russia’s state communications watchdog Roskomnadzor said on Friday it was taking punitive measures against a number of foreign IT companies, including TikTok, Telegram, Zoom, Discord and Pinterest.

In a statement, Roskomnadzor said the measures were in response to companies’ failure to remove content it had flagged as illegal and would remain in place until they comply. He did not specify what measures would be taken.

Russia has repeatedly threatened to fine websites, including Google, that violate tough new laws that criminalize the spread of “false information” about the Russian military.

On Tuesday, Russian courts fined US live-streaming service Twitch 2 million rubles ($33,000) and messaging service Telegram 11 million rubles ($179,000) for violating military censorship laws.

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