Russia fines Google over banned content

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Russia just fined Google again.

That’s according to the country’s communications watchdog.

On Monday (July 18) it said a court hit the Alphabet unit with a penalty of about $373 million.

That’s over repeated failures to remove content that Moscow deems illegal.

The country has long objected to foreign tech firms distributing content that falls foul of its restrictions.

But the simmering dispute really erupted following the start of conflict in Ukraine.

Late last year Google was fined for failing to block or remove some content.

Its Russian unit’s bank account has since been seized, prompting the subsidiary to file for bankruptcy.

Google hasn’t commented on the latest reports.

Back in June Russian communications regulator Roskomnadzor said Alphabet’s YouTube was deliberately spreading false information about Ukraine.

It also accused it of discrediting Russia’s armed forces.

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