Russia fines Google $ 98 million over 'banned content'

Russia fines Google 98 million over banned content

A Russian court has fined Google $ 7.2 billion rubles ($ 98 million) on Friday for what it says is another repeated failure by the company to remove content that the country has deemed illegal. While Russia has tagged several tech companies throughout the year with fines for not following its increasingly restrictive Internet content rules, Friday's judgment marks the first when the court has imposed a fine based on a company 's annual income.

In addition, a Russian court fined Meta (and its subsidiary, Instagram) 2 billion rubles ($ 27.15 million) for similar crimes. Per Reuters, Meta is accused of failing to remove about 2,000 banned items while it was reported that Google did not put down 2,600 hits of illegal content. These include roles promoting the use of drugs or dangerous behavior, instructions for the manufacture of explosives and explosives, as well as anything to identify and identify termination or terrorism. Or the spread of "gay propaganda," apparently.

Google has announced that it will review court documents before deciding how to proceed. The company has 10 days to submit an application.

This ruling is just the latest in Moscow's efforts to give more control not only to their national network but to the Internet as a whole and establish even greater conflict. comes January 1, when Russian authorities have asked technical companies to set up local servers for their online services.

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