Google Fined by Moscow Court for Failure to Remove "False Information"
Moscow Court Levies 3 Million Ruble Fine on Google for Not Removing "False Information"
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A Moscow court has issued a fine of 3 million Russian rubles ($32,330) against Google for its failure to eliminate "false information" pertaining to Russia's "special military operation" in Ukraine, as reported by the state news agency TASS.
A judge from the Moscow Magistrates' Court stated that the court held the US tech giant accountable for "committing an administrative offense under Part 2 of Article 13.41 of the Code of Administrative Offenses of the Russian Federation."
Google had been notified about the requirement to remove specific videos on its platform, particularly on YouTube, which contained what was deemed as "false information" regarding the conflict that commenced in February of the preceding year.
Notably, Google had halted its online advertising activities in Russia after the military campaign in March 2022. However, the company continued to provide some of its free services in the country.
Earlier in June, another incident involving a Russian court saw Google being fined 4 billion rubles ($43 million) for neglecting to pay a prior fine related to allegations of abusing its dominant position in the video hosting market.
These legal actions underscore the growing regulatory and legal scrutiny that major tech corporations like Google face in various jurisdictions, with consequences ranging from financial penalties to operational restrictions.
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