War in Ukraine: Russia fines Google for not removing content… – 20 Minutes

Google was fined Thursday by a Russian court 11 million rubles (more than 126,000 euros). His wrong? Not having removed “prohibited” content on the Russian offensive in Ukraine. The press service of the Moscow courts specified on its Telegram account that the American giant had been sentenced following two separate complaints filed in particular by the gendarme Russian telecom company, Roskomnadzor, because it had not removed from its platforms content deemed illegal in Russia. Google was notably criticized for the publication on YouTube of a video of an alleged telephone conversation between Russian soldiers and their relatives where soldiers complained of heavy loss of life in their ranks, Russian news agencies reported. acts of sabotage on Russian territory, according to the agencies. “Terrorist” activitiesRussia promised in early April retaliation after the closure of the c YouTube account of the lower house of the Russian Parliament. Many pro-Kremlin media channels and Russian officials have also been blocked there. The Russian telecoms policeman, Roskomnadzor, accused Google and YouTube of “terrorist” activities in March, foreshadowing a possible blocking of the site in Russia as have been Twitter, Instagram and many independent media since the offensive in Ukraine. The Russian authorities have strongly reinforced the legal arsenal to control communication on the conflict, threatening up to 15 years in prison those who broadcast “false information” about the Russian army.