Russia Fines Google For Failing To Remove Videos Of Military Operations In Ukraine From Youtube.
• Previously, Google had restricted the official media channel of the lower chamber of parliament.
• VPN services allow you to access Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.
• Foreign media websites have also been blocked by Russian authorities.
Google was fined a series of modest fines by a Russian court on Thursday for failing to remove problematic YouTube videos about the Kremlin’s military action in Ukraine.
For disregarding the state media regulator’s instructions to remove posters suggesting significant Russian losses in Ukraine, a Moscow court sentenced the US internet titan to pay a total of $135,000 (approximately Rs. 1 crore).
According to Russian state news outlets, one of the tapes featured a purported phone conversation between Russian servicemen and their relatives back home in which the troops complained of several losses in their ranks.
According to official media accounts, soldiers attempting to withdraw from Ukrainian counter-offensives were being shot by retreat-blocking Russian detachments.
Throughout Russia’s Nearly Two-Month Assault In Ukraine, Google’s Omnipresent Video Hosting Service Has Been In The Crosshairs.
Russian officials were enraged when the tech giant blocked the official media channel of the lower house of parliament earlier this month. Since the start of the operation on February 24, Russia has moved quickly to restrict access to non-state media and information resources.
Russian courts have banned Facebook and Instagram, as well as Twitter, for being “extremist” organizations. All three can still be accessed via VPN services, which attempt to conceal the user’s location.
The majority of Russians, on the other hand, get their news from state television and other government-controlled media, which are bound by strict guidelines when it comes to covering the military campaign.
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