Russia fines Google over search results linked to banned information

Source:Xinhua Published: 2019/9/14 9:18:03


Google has paid a fine of 700,000 rubles (about $10,900) for failing to remove all search links to banned information, Russia's telecoms watchdog Roskomnadzor said Friday.

The regulator said in a statement that it had repeatedly informed Google of Russian legal requirements, according to which search engine operators are obliged to exclude links to Internet pages blacklisted by the Russian Federal State Information System.

Roskomnadzor imposed the fine in July stating that Google selectively filtered its search results, keeping more than a third of the links to prohibited sources.

It fined Google 500,000 rubles (about $7,775) for a similar violation in December 2018.

On Sunday, Roskomnadzor accused Google, Facebook and YouTube of distributing political advertisements when elections were held nationwide, calling it interference in Russia's sovereign affairs.

Russian lawmakers of the upper parliament house discussed on Thursday the prospect of forming a contact group with Internet companies to prevent the illegal use of their resources in the future.

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