Google risks a fine in Russia for not deleting

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Google, a division of the Alphabet group, risks a 5% -10% fine in Russia’s turnover because it did not delete the banned content, including “misleading information” on Youtube about events in Ukraine, it warned on Wednesday Russia’s communications regulator reports Reuters.

This would be the second fine based on the turnover that Google could impose in Russia. In May, Russian bailiffs confiscated more than 7.7 billion rubles ($ 143 million) from Google, which had been forced to pay the sum late last year, the first time Moscow had demanded a percentage of the figure. annual business of the company.

Google, whose Russian subsidiary filed for bankruptcy last week, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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

He said the recidivism could lead to a fine of 5-10% of annual turnover in Russia, the amount to be determined in court.

Reuters calculated that the previous fine amounted to just over 8% of turnover.

Russia sent tens of thousands of troops to Ukraine on Feb. 24, saying it must defuse a threat to its security and protect Russian-speaking people from persecution in what Moscow calls a “special military operation.”

Ukraine says it is fighting against illegal land grabbing by Russia.

Roskomnadzor also said that YouTube has allowed content that promotes extremist views and asks children to participate in unauthorized protests.

The regulator said that Google was fined a total of 68 million rubles, excluding turnover fines, and that more than 7,000 banned articles remain on YouTube.

Russia has restricted access to Twitter and the iconic social networks Facebook and Instagram, Meta platforms, but has not blocked Google.

A member of the State Duma said last week that YouTube and Google “have not yet crossed the line of reasonableness”, but were involved in the information war against Russia.

Russia has in recent years imposed numerous fines on foreign technology companies for a number of violations, in what critics say is an attempt to exercise greater control over the Internet.