TikTok was fined RUB 3 million after violating a Russian legislation preventing spread of LGBT propaganda

TikTok was fined RUB 3 million after violating a Russian legislation preventing spread of LGBT propa ...

TikTok, owned by ByteDance, was fined 3 million euros (roughly Rs. 41,50,000) for the social media platform''s refusal to delete content, which Russian authorities allege violates laws against propagating "LGBT propaganda."

The lawsuit against TikTok was based on accusations that it was "promoting non-traditional values, LGBT, feminism, and a dismal representation of traditional sexual values" on its platform.

Russia is contemplating expanding its existing "gay propaganda" law, which banned any individual or entity from engaging in homosexual relationships to children, according to legislators. The law should be expanded to include adults as well as fines for exposed minors to "LGBT propaganda."

TikTok, convicted of an administrative offence for failing to delete prohibited information, did not respond to a request for clarification immediately.

Interfax reports that a TikTok employee in the courtroom had demanded that the proceedings be terminated, without providing further information.

The fine marks Moscow''s first step in the long-running battle with Big Tech, which involves fines over content, demands for data storage, and some completely prohibited activities, all destroying Western businesses in the country.

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Russia says it is defending morality in the face of what they argue are un-Russian liberal values promoted by the West, but human rights organizations claim the legislation has been widely used to intimidate Russia''s LGBT community.

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