Russia imposes $137763 fines on Google over fake news

A court in Russia has fined Alphabet Inc.’s Google $137,763 (11 million roubles) for failing to delete “fake” news produced by Ukrainian far-right groups on YouTube.

Previously, Russia had warned the US company that it would punish it for “spreading fakes” on YouTube, and that it would be fined if it failed to comply with Russian laws.

On Thursday, Tagansky District Court said, Google was found guilty of committing administrative violations and fined 4 million roubles and 7 million roubles in two cases.

Google did not immediately respond to requests for comments.

While Western countries have banned Russian media from disseminating information, Alphabet’s YouTube, continue to remain available to the Russian public, although recently it has come under increasing pressure from the Russian government to crack down on fake news.

According to RIA news agency, a lawsuit has been filed on Google for distributing videos on YouTube that called for terror attacks in Russia.

($1 = 79.8470 roubles)

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