A complete of 13 overseas tech firms, together with Google and Apple, should open branches or authorized entities in Russia earlier than the 12 months’s finish with the intention to proceed to function promoting within the nation, Moscow’s regulator stated on Monday.
The web giants, together with Twitter and Mark Zuckerberg’s newly created Meta Platforms, Inc., have a couple of month to adjust to the necessities of a brand new Russian regulation demanding they set up a proper communication hyperlink with authorities and create a suggestions type particularly for native customers.
The laws adopted in July orders overseas tech firms with over half one million day by day customers in Russia to register with the nationwide media watchdog, Roskomnadzor, and combine a selected entry counter into their web sites.
On Monday, the regulator issued an inventory of firms obliged to comply with the brand new rules. They embrace Swedish-based audio streaming platform Spotify and widespread Chinese video-sharing app TikTok, in addition to a number of platforms like Zoom, Discord, and Telegram along with the American corporations.
If the businesses fail to adjust to these necessities earlier than the 12 months’s finish they could be barred from partaking with the Russian promoting market.
Roskomnadzor has already repeatedly punished overseas tech firms over their failure to adjust to Russia’s legal guidelines. In early November, it reported that it had fined seven of them – together with Facebook, Twitter, and Google – a mixed complete of $2.6 million for his or her failure to take away prohibited content material this 12 months alone.
However, not solely overseas firms have confronted the scrutiny of Roskomnadzor,. Russian social media networks Odnoklassniki and VKontakte have additionally been fined $56,000 and $42,000, respectively, for related causes.
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