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Russia fines Google for not deleting wrong information

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Russia has fined search giant Google more than $50 million for not deleting false information about the Ukraine war and other related issues. The issue of the fine imposed on Google in a court of the country came up in the report of the Russian state-owned news agency TASS.

Moscow has been accusing foreign tech companies of content censorship and misrepresentation of local data since the start of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in February 2022. Another country’s news agency, the RIA, said in a report that Google had been fined for failing to remove extremist content online and spreading LGBT propaganda. However, Google did not comment on this when asked by Reuters.

From the beginning, Russia has been claiming the ongoing war with Ukraine as a special military operation. In November, the country’s Supreme Court ruled that LGBT rights activists should be labeled as extremists. However, concerned rights activists have expressed apprehension that the trend of arrests and sentences may increase in the country.

Russia has been targeting YouTube since the start of the invasion. However, X and Meta-owned social media banned the use of Facebook-Instagram, but Google-owned YouTube did not do the same.


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