Roskomnadzor watchdog's deputy demanded that Twitter, Facebook, and Google delete content that "contains calls for mass unrest [or] carrying out extremist activities" or calls for attending unauthorized rallies
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The head of Russia's media watchdog, Roskomnadzor, threatened Google, Facebook and Twitter with fines and bans unless the companies comply with Moscow's demands to block content it deems extremist and to share information about online traffic on individual pages, a news report said.
Roskomnadzor spokesman Vadim Ampelonsky confirmed that the letters had been sent out, the report said.
Moscow has sought to control expressions of political dissent in the country, particularly after opposition protests brought down a Kremlin-backed administration in neighboring Ukraine slightly over a year ago.
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