A Russian court fined social media giant Facebook 17 Million roubles (about $235,000) for failing to delete content which Moscow deems illegal.

The fines come amid a wider spat between Moscow and Google.

Russia’s communications watchdog on Monday warned that Moscow could eventually slow down the company’s traffic in the country if it failed to delete prohibited content.

Russia has already placed a punitive slowdown on micro-blogging site Twitter for not deleting banned content, part of a push by Moscow to rein in Western tech companies and beef up what it calls its internet “sovereignty.”

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