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Russian court slams Google with $41,000 fine

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A Moscow court has slammed Google with the fine of 3 million rubles ($41,000) on Thursday for showing extremist, pornographic, and suicidal content in search results in Russia.

This appeared to be the biggest penalty Google has to face in Russia with the increase on the fine amount coming as the result of past defaults despite the previous warnings.

The court said that the company continued showing about 30% of prohibited content even with previous warnings.

Meanwhile, Google has already paid fines of 500,000 rubles in 2018, 700,000 rubles in 2019, and 1.5 million rubles in 2020 for similar violations.

The US tech giant’s relations with the Russian government have been recently deteriorating. In recent months, Google blocked dozens of accounts belonging to Russian media on its platforms, including YouTube.

Russia’s Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said US social media networks and video hosting websites “unilaterally and arbitrarily conduct political censorship of Russian media accounts”.

She claimed Google wanted to maintain the supremacy of western media, which once dominated the information space.

Earlier she also condemned Twitter’s move to mark state-media accounts, claiming that the platform did not mark any western media outlet affiliated with the government.

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