Google May Face Fine of Up to 20 Percent of Annual Turnover in Russia Over Failing to Delete Illegal Content


Russia mentioned on Tuesday it will this month search to advantageous US tech large Google a proportion of its annual Russian turnover for repeatedly failing to delete content material deemed unlawful, Moscow’s strongest effort but to rein in international tech corporations. Communications regulator Roskomnadzor mentioned Google had failed to pay RUB 32.5 million (roughly Rs. 3.4 crores) in penalties levied thus far this yr and that it will now search a advantageous of 5-20 p.c of Google’s Russian turnover, which might attain as a lot as $240 million (roughly Rs. 1,800 crores), a major improve.

Google didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark.

Russia has ramped up strain on international tech firms because it seeks to assert better management over the Internet in the nation, slowing down the pace of Twitter since March and routinely fining others for content material violations.

Opposition activists have accused Alphabet’s Google and Apple of caving to Kremlin strain after they eliminated an anti-government tactical voting app from their shops.

(*20*) earlier in October mentioned it will ask a courtroom to impose a turnover advantageous on social media agency Facebook, citing laws signed by President Vladimir Putin in December 2020.

“A similar case will be put together in October against Google,” Roskomnadzor mentioned in emailed feedback to Reuters on Tuesday, noting that the corporate additionally owned video-hosting web site YouTube.

The SPARK enterprise database confirmed that Google’s turnover in Russia in 2020 was RUB 85.5 billion (roughly Rs. 9,050 crores). A 5-20 percentfine would quantity to between RUB 4.3 billion (roughly Rs. 455 crores) and RUB 17.1 billion (roughly Rs. 1,810 crores).

Google is presently combating a courtroom ruling demanding it unblock the YouTube account of a sanctioned Russian businessman or face a compounding advantageous on its total turnover that will double each week and pressure Google out of enterprise inside months if paid.

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