Amid the 57th day of the Russo-Ukraine war, Moscow on Thursday fined Alphabet Inc.’s Google 11 million rubles, or $137,763, for what it called “fake” information about its “special military operation” in Ukraine and YouTube videos. gave.
The fines against Google came earlier this month after Russia’s communications watchdog said it was taking steps to punish the Alphabet Inc-owned company for “spreading fakes” on YouTube.
The Russian communications watchdog has already warned the US-based tech giant that it will face fines if “fake” stories about its operations are not removed from the platform.
Russia has already banned Google News after the company announced it would not allow users around the world to monetize content that “exploits, denies or condemns” war.
Google’s policy on conflict appears on any website, application, or YouTube channel that has generated revenue from ads managed by search engines. “We can confirm that we are taking additional steps to clarify, and in some cases expand our monetization guidelines, as they relate to the war in Ukraine,” a Google spokesperson said at the time.
After Russia sent thousands of troops to Ukraine for a “special ‘military operation'” on February 24, companies and countries around the world began efforts to support Kyiv and show dissatisfaction with Moscow. However, the Kremlin has continued to react to what it previously called a “disappointing” action by the West.
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Earlier, Google blocked the YouTube channel “Duma TV” of the Russian State Duma. The channel had 145 thousand subscribers, and all the videos posted on the channel garnered over 100 million views in total.
The President of the State Duma of the Russian Federation, Vyacheslav Volodin, called the blockade of the channel an act of infringement of freedom of expression by the United States.