September 22, 2023

The Russian federal agency, Roskomnadzor said that Google was fined for violating the procedure for restricting access to information recognized as prohibited.

Youtube which is Google’s subsidiary failed to limit access to various materials that include prohibited content within the given time.

The following are the materials that are not removed within the stipulated time:

  • News about the course of a special military operation in Ukraine, discrediting the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation;
  • Materials promoting extremism and terrorism;
  • Materials promoting an indifferent attitude to the life and health of minors;
  • Information with appeals, including to minors, to participate in unauthorized mass actions.

The World Court of the Tagansky District of Moscow fined Google in the amount of 21,077,392,317.8 rubles, calculated on the basis of the company’s annual Russian turnover, for repeated failure to remove prohibited materials.

Roskomnadzor said that the huge fine of $358 million was in fact calculated on the basis of the company’s annual business turnover in Russia.

The total amount of fines Google for such offenses exceeds 7.2 billion rubles.

The users in Russia who use Google search and YouTube will at present notice a caution about the firm failing to restrict access to prohibited information and not allowed to place advertisements or use them as information sources.

Likewise same action was taken last week against Twitch Interactive, streaming platform, for not removing material prohibited by Russian authorities.

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