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Google pays fines to Russia over banned content material

MOSCOW, Oct 25 (Reuters) – U.S. tech large Google has paid Russia greater than 32 million roubles ($455,079) in fines for failing to delete content material Moscow deems unlawful, the corporate and a Russian lawmaker stated after talks on Monday.

Russia final week stated it will search to nice the U.S. tech large a proportion of its annual Russian turnover later this month for repeatedly failing to delete banned content material on its search engine and YouTube, in Moscow’s strongest transfer but to rein in overseas tech companies. learn extra

Vasily Piskarev, a lawmaker who heads a parliamentary fee to analyze overseas interference in Russia, on Monday stated Google’s representatives had expressed a need to interact in dialogue and the corporate had paid greater than 32 million roubles in excellent fines, information companies reported.

Marco Pancini, YouTube director for interacting with state authorities in EMEA, stated in a weblog submit that Google had paid all enforced fines on time. These stood at 32.5 million roubles for this 12 months, communications regulator Roskomnadzor stated final week.

Roskomnadzor on Monday stated it has the technical functionality to decelerate the velocity of YouTube, Interfax reported, however that administrative measures are at the moment ample.

In 2020, Google’s compliance with requests to delete content material was 96.2%, Pancini stated, and within the first half of this 12 months, it eliminated over 489,000 movies, however Russia stated an excessive amount of banned content material nonetheless remained out there.

Piskarev stated final week that this included youngster pornography. Russia has ordered different overseas tech companies to delete posts selling drug abuse and harmful pastimes, details about selfmade weapons and explosives, in addition to ones by teams it designates as extremist or terrorist.

Around 2,650 items of unlawful content material on Google’s web assets remained undeleted as of the beginning of October, the RIA information company cited Piskarev as saying.

“Work has been carried out, as we see, however it is still very far from ideal,” he stated.

Piskarev stated Pancini had cited technical difficulties for Google’s failure to take away all of the banned content material.

($1 = 70.3175 roubles)

Reporting by Alexander Marrow, modifying by Mark Trevelyan

The logo of Russia's state communications regulator, Roskomnadzor, is reflected in a laptop screen showing Google start page, in this picture illustration taken May 27, 2021. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov/Illustration/File Photo