Russia Fines Google $390 Million For Repeated Content Violations – Interfax


  • This content was produced in Russia, where law restricts coverage of Russian military operations in Ukraine.

MOSCOW, July 18 (Reuters) – Alphabet’s (GOOGL.O) Google was fined 21.8 billion rubles ($387 million) by a Russian court on Monday for repeatedly failing to remove content that Moscow considers it illegal, the Interfax news agency reported.

Russia has long opposed foreign tech platforms’ distribution of content that violates its restrictions, but what had been a simmering dispute has erupted into an uphill battle since Moscow mustered its armed forces before sending them to Ukraine. in February.

Late last year, Google was fined 7.2 billion rubles for failing to remove or block content.


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The bank account of its Russian unit was seized, prompting the subsidiary to file for bankruptcy and making it impossible to pay staff and suppliers. read more

Google, which may appeal the decision, did not immediately respond to an emailed request for comment.

Communications regulator Roskomnadzor said in June that Alphabet’s YouTube video platform deliberately spread false information about the conflict in Ukraine and allowed content promoting extremist views and calling on children to take part in protests. unauthorized.

“The YouTube video hosting site deliberately encourages the dissemination of misleading information about the progress of the special military operation in Ukraine, discrediting the armed forces of the Russian Federation,” Roskomnadzor said.

Russia says it is conducting a “special military operation” in Ukraine to defuse a threat to its security and protect Russian speakers from persecution.

Ukraine and its Western allies dismiss these allegations as baseless pretexts for illegal land grabbing.
($1 = 56.2500 rubles)

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