Russia Announces More Fines Against Google

Russia’s Federal Service for Supervision of Communications, Information Technology, and Mass Media (Roskomnadzor) announced on Tuesday (March 29) its plans to draw up administrative protocols against Google for not deleting prohibited information.

In a Telegram post, Roskomnadzor said there will be two administrative protocols against Google for failure to remove materials on YouTube which violates the Code of Administrative Offenses of the Russian Federation.

“The American platform frankly promotes the dissemination of false content containing unreliable socially significant information about the course of a special military operation in Ukraine that discredits the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation, as well as extremist information calling for violent actions against Russian military personnel, materials of extremist organizations, such as ” Right Sector”, the nationalist regiment “Azov” and others,” the Telegram post said.

Google would face a fine of up to 8 million rubles (est. $95,000).

Roskomnadzor added that a repeated administrative offense could mean the amount of the fine can be increased to 20% of the company’s annual revenue.

Last week, Russia’s internet regulator also restricted access to the News.Google web service.

According to a report from Russian News Agency, the restriction came after Google’s web service “provided access to materials containing unreliable information about the course of the special military operation in Ukraine.

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