Google may face a second turnover fine in Russia for inadequate content, averting the Russian regulator

Google may face a second turnover fine in Russia for inadequate content, averting the Russian regula ...

Alphabets Google might face a fine of 5-10 percent of its turnover in Russia for what the state communications regulator said on Wednesday was a repeated failure to delete banned content, including misleading information on YouTube.

This is the second fine based on a percentage of turnover Google might face in Russia in May. In May, Russian bailiffs acquired more than 7.7 billion roubles ($143 million or about Rs. 1,100 crore) from Google, which it had been ordered to pay late last year, marking the first time Moscow had specified a percentage of the company''s annual Russian turnover.

Google, whose Russian subsidiary filed a bankruptcy complaint last week, did not respond immediately to a request for clarification.

According to regulator Roskomnadzor, the video hosting website YouTube encourages the dissemination of misleading information about the start of the special military operation in Ukraine.

The claim has been made that a repeat offense may result in a fine of 5-10 percent of annual turnover in Russia, according to Reuters. The previous fine has equated to just over 8 percent of global turnover.

In a Russian military call called a special military exercise, Russia sent tens of thousands of troops to Ukraine on February 24, claiming that it must remove a threat to its security and protect Russian speakers from persecution.

Ukraine claims to be fighting an illegal land grab by Russia.

Roskomnadzor claims that YouTube had allowed content that enhanced extremist views and called for children to participate in unlawful demonstrations.

Google has been fined a total of 68 millionroubles, excluding turnover penalties, and that more than 7,000 prohibited items have been reported on YouTube.

Russia has restricted the access to popular Twitter and Meta Platform social networks Facebook and Instagram, although it hasn''t blocked Google.

A member of the State Duma earlier claimed that YouTube and Google had not yet crossed the line of reasonableness, but that they were involved in a data war against Russia.

In recent years, Russia has issued numerous fines to foreign technology companies for a range of infringements, which, according to critics, is a strategy to exert greater control over the internet.

In 2022, Thomson Reuters will publish a report.

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