A Russian court fined Meta, the parent company of Facebook and Instagram, on Tuesday for refusing to remove LGBT content.
A Moscow district court ordered the US giant to pay four million rubles (about $53,000) for not deleting content with LGBT “propaganda”, the Interfax news agency reported.
Big tech companies are often fined in Russia for refusing to delete publications at the request of the authorities.
Since the beginning of Moscow’s military campaign in Ukraine, Russia has increased pressure on social media, banning Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
Attacks on the LGBT community are relatively common in Russia, where conservative and religious circles look down on the LGBT community.
In 2013, Moscow passed a controversial law against homosexual “propaganda” aimed at minors that has been used to ban demonstrations and veto the display of the rainbow flag.