Russia fines Google for not removing banned content

Someone searches Google at night in St. Petersburg, Russia, November 8, 2017. (Aleksei / Adob ​​eStock)

Moscow — A Moscow court announced on Monday that it ordered Alphabet’s Google to pay 4 million rubles ($ 52,526) to not remove access to content banned in Russia.

Russia raised its ante at the end of last year in an effort to put more pressure on Big Tech and impose heavy revenue-based fines on Google and Metaplatform after Moscow repeatedly failed to remove content it considers illegal. ..

Google declined to comment.

A TASS press reported that Google was fined for providing access to links to banned websites.

($ 1 = 76.1530 rubles)