Russia fines Google $365 million for videos with “banned” content on YouTube

Deepak Gupta July 21, 2022
Updated 2022/07/21 at 1:34 PM

Trying to deal with the heavy sanctions that countries and companies have applied to it, Russia has also played some of its cards as a way of finding a chance to turn the game around in its favor.

As such, the latest information indicates that the country of Vladimir Putin has now fined Google 365 million dollars due to the existence of videos with prohibited “content”, and that go against the laws of the country, on YouTube.

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Russia fines Google for illegal YouTube videos

According to information revealed, Russia imposed a fine of 365 million dollars on Google for not removing videos from the YouTube platform that go against the country's laws.

According to one communiqué issued, Russia's state communications regulator Roskomnadzor says YouTube has failed to comply with orders to remove "prohibited content", which includes videos where it "promotes extremism and terrorism", as well as information that the country considers being false about the war in Ukraine.

In March, the regulator had threatened Google for not removing these 'illegal' videos from the platform, saying that the fine would start at 8 million rubles, something like $94,675 at that time. But the threat indicated that the figure could increase to as much as 20% of Google's annual revenue.

In turn, in May, the research giant announced that it would suspend its activity in Russia, due to the invasion of the Ukrainian country. As a result, Google's Russian subsidiary officially filed for bankruptcy last June.

The Verge channel tried to contact Google for more information, but so far has not received a response.

But this is not the first time that Russia and Google have clashed. Also in May 2021, the country also threatened the technology giant to eliminate unapproved content, otherwise the service would be blocked in the region.

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