Russia fines Google over illegal content breach

Russia fines Google over illegal content breach

A Moscow has fined Google 7.2bn roubles ($98m; £73m) for repeated failure to delete content deemed illegal in Russia.


Details of the offending content were not specified in the announcement by the court’s press service.


This is the first time in Russia that a technology giant has been hit with a fine based on their annual turnover.


Google told AFP news agency that it would study the court ruling before deciding on further steps.

Russian authorities have increased pressure on firms this year, accusing them of not moderating their content properly, and interfering in the country’s internal affairs.


Hours after the Google verdict was announced, a 2bn rouble fine was handed to Meta, the parent company of , for similar content-related offences.


Earlier this week, Twitter was also handed a 3m rouble fine for similar charges.


This is not Google’s first brush with Russian authorities over content laws. In May, Russia’s media threatened to slow down the speed of Google if it failed to delete 26,000 instances of unlawful content, which it said related to drugs, violence and extremism.

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