Alphabet (GOOGL.O) Google could face a fine of 5-10% of its turnover in Russia for what the state communications regulator said on Wednesday was a repeated failure to delete banned content, including “misleading information” on YouTube about events in Ukraine.
This is the second fine based on the percentage of turnover that Google could face in Russia. In May, Russian bailiffs seized more than $ 7.7 billion ($ 143 million) from Google, which it had been forced to pay late last year, the first time Moscow has demanded a percentage of the company’s annual Russian turnover. Read more
Google, whose Russian subsidiary filed for bankruptcy last week, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
“The video hosting site YouTube is deliberately contributing to the dissemination of misleading information about the progress of specific military operations in Ukraine, which is undermining the forces of the Russian Federation,” said Roskomnadzor.
It said that repeated violations could lead to a fine of 5-10% of annual turnover in Russia, but the amount would be decided in court. Reuters calculated that the previous fine was equivalent to just over 8% of turnover.
Russia sent tens of thousands of troops into Ukraine on February 24, saying it must eliminate its security threat and protect Russian-speakers from persecution, in what Moscow calls a “special military operation.”
Ukraine says it is fighting Russia’s illegal occupation.
Roskomnadzor also said that YouTube had allowed content that promoted extremist views and encouraged children to take part in unauthorized protests.
The regulator said Google has now been fined a total of 68 million rubles, excluding turnover fines, and that more than 7,000 banned items remain on YouTube.
Russia has restricted access to Twitter (TWTR.N) and Meta Platforms (META.O) flagship social networking sites Facebook and Instagram, but has not blocked Google.
A Duma member last week said that YouTube and Google had not yet “crossed the line of reason”, but had taken part in the information war against Russia.
Russia has issued numerous fines on foreign technology companies in recent years for various violations, which critics say is an attempt to gain more control over the Internet.
Google faces another turnover fine in Russia for banned content – regulator – SABC News
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