The long-running occupation of Ukraine has now hit Google. Russia fined Google for not deleting pro-videos from YouTube.
Russia fined Google nearly $365 million for failing to delete YouTube videos that violated the country’s laws . Russian communications regulator Roskomnadzor said in a press release that YouTube did not comply with instructions to remove videos promoting terrorism and content containing misinformation about the war in Ukraine .
In March, Roskomnadzor threatened the company for not removing illegal YouTube videos, stating that the fine would start at $ 94,675 . The fine is part of the search engine ‘s annual turnover in the country, but it’s unclear whether the company will actually pay the fine. The company has not made any statement on this matter.
The Fight Between Google And Russia Goes Back Towards
The company stated that government officials confiscated its assets in the country and that it was impossible to keep the branch operational. The company, which put into effect its plans to stop all its activities in Russia in May, became the new target of the country. Another Russian search engine, an alternative to the famous search engine, reported that it was on the verge of bankruptcy . This means that most users of the country reacted to this situation.
Russia and Google have also experienced a few minor incidents in the past. Last December, Russia once again fined Google $100 million for not deleting banned content, but that issue was forgotten after Russia invaded Ukraine. Unfortunately, like many other technology companies , Google has distanced itself from its users. YouTube channels of Russian state-sponsored media were not paid for and access to these channels was blocked. Thus began the little war between them.