Russian Telecoms Regulator Will Fine Google Over “False Content”

Daniel Attoe
Daniel Attoe

Updated · Mar 31, 2022

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It could receive fines of up to 8 million rubles ($96,759) or around 20 percent of its annual revenue in Russia.

“Dissemination of False Content”

Roskomnadzor, Russia’s communications regulator, has said that it will fine Google. The tech giant failed to remove content centering Russian invasion of Ukraine from YouTube, which the country deemed illegal.

The regulator made the announcement in a statement on Telegram, accusing the Big Tech company of blatantly promoting false information. Russia has one of the largest user bases on YouTube.

Less than two weeks ago, Roskomnadzor released a press statement demanding that YouTube takes down certain “anti-Russian” ads. Now, it has warned that it may fine Google up to 8 million rubles, about $96,759, for failing to do so. A repeat offense could see the internet giant have to pay up to 20% of its annual revenue.

“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.” the statement said.

It went on to condemn the company for promoting “extremist information” on YouTube, calls for violence against Russian military personnel. Google had previously restricted Russian state media on its platforms, including on the video-sharing site YouTube.

Similarly, Roskomnadzor called Meta an extremist organization as a Russian court upheld a ban on its platforms, Facebook and Instagram.

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Daniel Attoe

Daniel Attoe

Daniel is an Economics grad who fell in love with tech. His love for books and reading pushed him into picking up the pen - and keyboard. Also a data analyst, he's taking that leap into data science and machine learning. When not writing or studying, chances are that you'll catch him watching football or face-deep in an epic fantasy novel.

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