Russian Regulator Says It Will Fine Google Over Ukraine War Videos

Russia’s communications regulator, Roskomnadzor, has threatened to fine Google over its failure to follow the nation’s orders to get rid of certain “illegal” YouTube videos, as first reported by The Washington Post. In a translated variation of its post on Telegram, the Roskomnadzor cautions it might fine the tech company up to ₽8,000,000 RUB (around about $94,347 USD), an amount that will increase to 20% of Google’s yearly income in case of a repeat offense.

The Roskomnadzor declares YouTube “promotes the distribution of false content” about what it calls the country’s “special military operation” in Ukraine, and it accuses the platform of “discrediting” the Russian army. It also says YouTube houses “extremist” material “with calls to bring out violent actions versus Russian servicemen.”

On March 18th, the Roskomnadzor demanded YouTube take down advertisements it states promotes the damage of Belarusian and Russian railways. “The actions of the YouTube administration are of a terrorist nature and threaten the life and health of Russian citizens,” it composed in a press release.

The platform has changed its policies to demonetize the channels belonging to RT and other Russian state-backed media outlets and is disallowing access to videos published by these channels. According to a report from Bloomberg, YouTube suspended Russia’s military account after it published 2 videos (which were later on gotten rid of) calling the war in Ukraine a “liberation mission” last week.

Facebook and Instagram have taken similar actions to de-platform media outlets run by the Russian federal government. Both social services began allowing users in certain countries to call for violence against Russian soldiers, a policy that led Russia to prohibit the two Web sites altogether for “extremist activities.”

It’s uncertain whether Google has responded to the Roskomnadzor’s warnings.

On March 18th, the Roskomnadzor demanded YouTube take down advertisements it states promotes the destruction of Belarusian and Russian trains. “The actions of the YouTube administration are of a terrorist nature and threaten the life and health of Russian citizens,” it composed in a press release. The platform has changed its policies to demonetize the channels belonging to RT and other Russian state-backed media outlets and is barring access to videos published by these channels.

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