The Magistrate’s Court of the Tagansky District of Moscow has fined Google 4 million rubles ($ 20,000) for its refusal to remove information prohibited by Russian law, the court’s press service said.
“By the decision of the magistrate of the judicial district No. 422 of the Tagansky district of Moscow on May 25 in case No. 05-769 / 2021 on an administrative offense under Part 2 of Art. 13.41 of the Code of Administrative Offenses of the Russian Federation in relation to the organization Google LLC – Google LLC was found guilty of committing an administrative offense “, – said the press secretary of the court.
The company was also found guilty in another case of an administrative offense provided for by the same article of the Code of Administrative Offenses of the Russian Federation. In total, in two cases, she was assigned two fines of 2 million rubles. within the framework of one article, the press service specified.
Later, the court reported that the company was also found guilty in the case of 05-768 / 2021.
Earlier, Roskomnadzor said that Google “insufficiently filters” content prohibited in Russia, so the agency does not rule out the imposition of a fine or slowing down the traffic of the company’s services in Russia. On May 24, the department gave Google a day to eliminate the prohibited content. According to Roskomnadzor, the company does not remove from 20 to 30% of links to content prohibited in Russia, and is also the leader in the amount of illegal content that has not been removed, causing direct harm to Russian users. At the same time, the YouTube video platform owned by the company did not remove about 5 thousand prohibited materials, 3.5 thousand of them with calls for extremism.
On May 17, Roskomnadzor has already called it possible to slow down Facebook and Youtube traffic in Russia if the sites do not take measures to remove content prohibited in the country. On May 24, the Kommersant newspaper reported that the American Google had filed a lawsuit against Roskomnadzor for the first time. The company is challenging the supervisory authority’s demands to remove 12 links to YouTube videos, which it considers calls to participate in rallies in January 2021.
In March, in relation to Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, TikTok, VKontakte, Odnoklassniki, Telegram and Youtube, Roskomnadzor drew up protocols on an administrative offense in connection with the failure to delete information that involved teenagers in participating in unauthorized mass events.