Google Pays Fines to Russia Over Failing to Remove Content Deemed Illegal

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American tech elephantine Google has paid Russia much than 32 cardinal rubles ($455,079) successful fines for not deleting contented deemed amerciable by Moscow, a Russian lawmaker said connected Monday.

“Today, the fig of fines issued by Google for not removing amerciable contented was announced successful the magnitude of 32.5 cardinal rubles,” said Vasilii Piskarev, caput of the Russian Committee connected Security and Corruption Control, Russian news bureau Interfax quoted him arsenic saying.

“Marco Pancini told america that they paid these fines,” Piskarev noted, speaking astatine an Oct. 25 quality league aft the last results of online meetings betwixt Russian officials and the absorption of Google and YouTube. Pancini leads YouTube’s nationalist argumentation enactment successful Europe, the Middle East, and Africa.

Pancini said successful a blog station that Google had paid each enforced fines connected time. These stood astatine 32.5 cardinal rubles for this year, communications regulator Roskomnadzor said past week.

Roskomnadzor said past week that if Google fails to wage the penalties levied truthful acold this year, it would seek a good of 5 to 20 percent of Google’s Russian turnover, which could scope arsenic overmuch arsenic $240 million.

The fines travel arsenic Moscow accused the U.S. tech elephantine of repeatedly failing to delete banned contented connected its hunt motor and YouTube.

Roskomnadzor announced connected Monday it has the method capableness to dilatory down the velocity of YouTube, Interfax reported, but that administrative measures are presently sufficient.

In 2020, Google’s compliance with requests to delete contented was 96.2 percent, Pancini said, and successful the archetypal fractional of this year, it removed implicit 489,000 videos, but Russia said excessively overmuch banned contented inactive remained available.

Piskarev said past week that this included kid pornography. Russia has ordered different overseas tech firms to delete posts promoting cause maltreatment and unsafe pastimes, accusation astir homemade weapons and explosives, arsenic good arsenic ones by groups it designates arsenic extremist oregon terrorist.

The Russian lawmaker besides noted that, passim Monday’s dialogue, Pancini has declared that Google volition comply with Moscow’s laws and “are acceptable to interact … with our authorities bodies and with deputies arsenic well,” Interfax reported.

Pancini told Piskarev during the gathering that method difficulties blocked Google’s quality to delete each of the contented deemed illegal.

Reuters contributed to this report.

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