Russia Opening Case Against Google (REPORT)

Russia Opening Case Against Google (REPORT)

(TargetLiberty.org) – Following on from last week’s grilling of senior tech executives by the Senate Judiciary Committee, there’s more bad news for the industry. A Russian communications watchdog has just taken Google to court for not obeying Russian law – and, going by the track record of Russian courts in similar cases, Google is going to lose.

Roskomnadzor, the federal agency responsible for “supervising” communications and media in Russia, says Google is failing to remove illegal content from its search engine. Russia has strict laws regulating pornography, extremist content and anything it sees as encouraging suicide, and Roskomnadzor says Google’s search tools are still finding up to 30% of the banned content.

In August, a Russian court fined Google 1.5 million roubles — about $20,000 — for failing to block banned content. The new case could lead to a fine of up to $65,000 – peanuts for Google. However, the real risk for the company is that Russia could block access to its platforms if it doesn’t comply with the law, and that would lead to a significant loss in advertising revenue.

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