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Yes, you read that right!

Russia has fined Facebook with 3,000 rubles, roughly $47, for not complying with the country’s controversial Data Localisation law.

It’s bizarre and unbelievable, but true.

In December last year, Russian Internet watchdog Roskomnadzor sent notifications to Twitter and Facebook asking them to provide information about the location of servers that store the personal data of its citizens.

Roskomnadzor – also known as the Federal Service for Supervision in the Sphere of Telecom, Information Technologies, and Mass Communications – is Russian telecommunications watchdog that runs a huge blacklist of websites banned in Russia.

Though the social media platforms had one month to reply, they choose not to disclose this information, as a result of which Moscow’s Tagansky District Court imposed 3,000 rubles fine on Twitter last week and the same on Facebook today.

The fine is the minimum that Russian courts can impose on companies for violating Article 19.7 of the Administrative Code of the Russian Federation, i.e., failure to provide information. The maximum amount of the fine under this article is 5,000 rubles.

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