Russia fines Google for failing to delete banned content

FILE PHOTO: Google app is seen on a smartphone in this illustration
FILE PHOTO: Google app is seen on a smartphone in this illustration taken, July 13, 2021. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration//File Photo

September 29, 2021

MOSCOW (Reuters) – A Moscow court on Wednesday fined Alphabet Inc.’s Google 6.5 million roubles ($89,535) for not deleting content that Russia deems illegal, part of a wider dispute between Moscow and the U.S. tech giant.

Google did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Russia threatened to block YouTube earlier on Wednesday after Russian state-backed broadcaster RT’s German-language channels were deleted.

($1 = 72.5975 roubles)

(Reporting by Alexander Marrow and Maria Vasilyeva; editing by Tom Balmforth)