Russia fines Google 46 million euros for failure to remove LGBT+ content and war in Ukraine

A Moscow court has fined Google 4.6 billion rubles (about 46 million euros) for repeatedly refusing to comply with its obligation to remove content restricted in Russia, including allegedly false information about it. Military invasion of Ukraine or about the LGBT+ movement.

Google was found guilty of defying repeated orders from Russian judicial authorities to remove “false content” about the invasion of Ukraine, videos with LGBT+ content on YouTube and other material deemed “extremist.”

The fine was calculated as part of Google’s annual turnover in Russia.

The fine imposed by Google this Wednesday is the third since the end of 2021. In total, the company has already been fined more than 29 billion rubles (more than 292 million euros) for refusing to comply with rules for internet content defined by Roskomnadzor.

YouTube, also owned by Alphabet, was a particular target of the Russian state’s ire, but unlike X it was not blocked by Meta Platforms before Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

(With information from Europa Press)

Source: La Neta Neta