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Russia has fined Google 4 million rubles ($ 50,000) for failing to remove from YouTube “false information” about its invasion of Ukraine, the TASS news agency reported.
Russia’s communications regulator said earlier this month that it was taking steps to punish Google for “spreading lies” on YouTube, warning the US company that it would be fined for non-compliance, which Moscow eventually did.
A fine of 126,000 euros on Google
A Russian court has fined Alphabet’s Google search engine 11 million rubles (at least 126,000 euros at current exchange rates) for failing to delete what it calls “fake” news about the conflict in Ukraine and for YouTube videos produced by Ukrainian far-right groups.
Russia’s communications watchdog (Roskomnadzor) said earlier this month that it was taking action to punish Google for “spreading false” news on YouTube, and had previously warned the US company that it would fine it if it did not comply. a wider dispute with foreign technology companies and SMEs over control of information flows.
Google has been found guilty of administrative misconduct and fined between 4 million and 7 million rubles in two cases, the Tagansky court in Moscow said today.
Google was not immediately available for comment.
The Russian news agency TASS reported that the fines were related to what Moscow considered to be the transmission of inaccurate information about the loss of Russian troops and the death of civilians in Ukraine, as well as the transmission of video clips on YouTube produced by far-right nationalist organizations such as .
Russia sent tens of thousands of troops to Ukraine on February 24 in what it calls a special operation to demilitarize and “de-Nazify” its neighbor.
Ukrainian forces put up fierce resistance, and the West imposed sweeping sanctions on Moscow in a bid to force it to withdraw its forces.
Russia has blocked some foreign social media companies, including Meta Platforms’ Facebook and Instagram, with domestic companies plotting to take what is left. YouTube, though under increasing pressure from the Russian government, remains available.
The RIA news agency reported today that there is another case against Google for broadcasting videos on YouTube calling for terrorist acts in Russia, as reported.