Russia fines Google $364 million for anti-Russian videos

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Google came under renewed fire from Russian authorities on Monday over the company’s ongoing failure to remove content the country deemed illegal. Especially after one official telegram mail from Roskomnadzor, Russia’s telecommunications regulator, the company had not been able to withdraw Clips from Russian YouTube promoting “extremism and terrorism” and anti-Russian propaganda focused on that of the country ongoing war with Ukraine. For these failuresGoogle will be billed a little over 21 billion rubles, or about $364 million.

At the moment, YouTube is the last Western platform to exist in Russia after the country’s raid on Facebook and Twitter last March about the two platforms’ failure to pull content is considered contain “misinformation” about the war in Ukraine. But while Russian authorities have full Ban on Facebook and Instagram and limited access to most citizens TwitterOfficials did it pretty clear that there is no plans to cancel Access to the video streaming platform – at least not yet.

People have come up with something different theories why Russian authorities just can’t leave YouTube, but the prevailing one is that the platform is just too sophisticated to recreate on Russian soil. Facebook and Twitter, on the other hand, do exchanged quickly with the popular Russian social network VK and the somewhat questionable Telegram messaging app

The Russian authorities may not be ready for this fully give google the boot but she didn’t make it easy for the tech giant either. Earlier this year Russian bailiffs confiscated 7.7 billion rubles — about $143 million — from the company’s bank accounts after it failed to cough up a fine it was facing over alleged anti-Russian content over the past year.

Alphabet, the parent company of Google, is worth around $1.5 trillion, but the Russian government’s penalties did it been enough for the Russian wing of Google declare bankruptcy in your instant awakening.

Corresponding Roskomnadzor’s announcement that it was filing for bankruptcy didn’t stop the platform from promoting the same anti-war content that made it do so expensive mess in the first place. Aside from “misinformation” about the ongoing fight with Ukraine, the announcement claims YouTube also hosted appeals — including appeals to minors — to “participate in unauthorized mass actions,” presumably to protest the same war. Roskomnadzor also said the company hosts content that promotes “an indifferent attitude towards the life and health of minors,” whatever that means.

We’ve reached out to Google regarding the latest round of fines and will update here when we have feedback.


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