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Russia Fines Google For Failing To Remove Links To Banned Websites

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Police in St. Petersburg, Russia

Police in St. Petersburg, Russia. Photo: gerbilfarmer (Pixabay).

Russia’s media watchdog, Roskomnadzor, has fined Google for failing to filter traffic in accordance with strict Russian Internet laws.

Roskomnadzor said on July 18 that it fined Google 700,000 rubles ($11,000) for not complying with the laws.

According to the agency, the U.S.-based tech giant failed to censor content blacklisted by Roskomnadzor — a violation of a law introduced in July 2018 that requires online search engines to purge any hyperlinks to materials that are banned in Russia.

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