Giant Online Platforms Including WhatsApp and Snapchat Fined By Russian Regulators over Data Storage Wrangle

Russian regulators have fined Meta-owned platforms WhatsApp and Snapchat
for allegedly refusing to store Russian users’ data on Russia-based servers as
part of the government’s effort to control its citizens’ online activities.
According to a ruling by Moscow’s Tagansky District Court, on Thursday, July
28, WhatsApp was served a $300,000 (18 million rubles) fine for a repeat
offense following a $664,000 (4 million rubles) penalty imposed on the online
chat giant last year.

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