A Russian court has fined social media
platforms Instagram and TikTok for violating a Russian law that
prohibits positive depictions of LGBTQ people.
The Tagansky Court of Moscow said that
the platforms had failed to delete the offending materials as
required by Russia's “gay propaganda” law.
TikTok was fined 2 million rubles
(roughly $27,000), while Meta, parent company of Instagram, was fined
4 million rubles ($54,000).
Russian outlet Gazeta.ru reported that
Google-owned YouTube has been fined more than 7 billion rubles for
Russia started blocking Facebook,
Instagram, and TikTok at the start of the war with Ukraine.
The government added that it is also
taking measures against social networks that spread “false
information” about the war.
Russia's “gay propaganda” law was
passed in 2013.