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Moscow fining Google

Russia punishing social media for not following instructions

Moscow’s Tagansky District court announced it is fining Google 6 million roubles ($81,810) over three failures to delete content that Russian media authority Roskomnadzor says are illegal, Reuters reports. Russian news agency Interfax said the court is also considering eight reports for Facebook content.

Russia has earlier slowed down traffic for Twitter as punishment for not deleting what the authorities say is illegal content and has threatened to do the same for Google. Twitter recently received three fines of together 8.9 million roubles over accusations it had failed to delete banned content.

The charges against Google concern posts that Russia says encouraged minors to join unsanctioned protests in January, when there were rallies in support of detained opposition politician Alexei Navalny.

Roskomnadzor has also criticized Google saying it is restricting YouTube access to Russian media outlets, including Russia Today and Sputnik.

TikTok has also been fined for similar offences this year.

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