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Russia fines Google

Russia has imposed three fines on Google, totaling 6 million rubles (more than 66,000 euros), for not removing illegal content.

Russian internet watchdog Roskomnadzor is also threatening to slow down the speed of Google services in Russia. If Google gets in the wrong more often, the fines can be up to 10 percent of the company’s total annual revenue.

The Russian regulator says it has detected a total of 26,000 cases of illegal messages. This includes videos about drugs or violence and material from extremist organizations. Google has not yet responded to the fines.

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Earlier this year, Twitter was already deliberately delayed by Russia, because the service did not comply with Russian rules. The company initially did not remove illegal content, after which the loading times of the social medium increased significantly. Russia threatened to block the service completely, but Twitter has now intervened and the blockade has been lifted .

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