Facebook has experienced a six-hour breakdown that includes all its social media applications, WhatsApp, and photo-sharing app Instagram. This breakdown has made 2.7 billion users unable to use these apps.
Facebook has acquiesced in Russian requirements to delete some Russian content Moscow believes unlawful. On the other hand, it could continue to face a massive fine because it was delaying to do so, the Vedomosti newspaper stated on Tuesday, referring to Russia’s state communications regulator.
Furthermore, last week, the regulator, Roskomnadzor, threatened also fine Facebook up to 10% of its annual Russian revenue until it took down content that Russia has prohibited. The move to conform could signal that Facebook is replying to Russian pressure.
Experts mentioned by Vedomosti evaluated Facebook’s Russian revenue at between 12 and 39 billion roubles ($165-$538 million). However, Reuters could not instantly confirm those numbers.
According to Roskomnadzor, Facebook had taken down some prohibited content from its platform along with Instagram, however, that it could continue to be subjected to the fine on the revenue as it had not removed the content rapidly, as per the report by Vedomosti.
Facebook and Roskomnadzor did not immediately respond to requests for comment. The Roskomnadzor official said that Facebook had not taken down all the content Moscow has banned, Vedomosti reported.
The officer was specified as stating,
“A total of 1,043 items currently remain undeleted on Facebook…and 973 on Instagram.”
Facebook has already been fined by Russia this year for not deleting the content. The fines, certain parts of which are still being demanded, total almost 70 million roubles, court documents show.
Roskomnadzor earlier this year reported Facebook and other social media businesses to delete posts comprising what it stated were calls for minors to contribute in anti-government complaints after the arrest of jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny.
Russian media have stated that Facebook’s breaches include failing to delete posts comprising child pornography and encouraging drug abuse.