Google and companies of its size have been known to neglect the individual rules and regulations of the countries when they are operating in them. The idea probably behind this is the fact that such big platforms cannot focus on every little detail for every country. This will create delays in their work and cause problems in their smooth functions. However, this time, Google took such an approach in Russia and the country did not let it go.
It was reported that a Moscow court fined Alphabet Inc.’s (GOOGL.O) Google 3 million roubles ($40,400) on Monday. This fine was imposed because the company did not delete the content from its sites that were illegal in Russia. This step is not an individual one. there have been problems and conflicts in the past between the company And Russia previously as well.
In the month of October of this year, Russia said that it would fine Google a percentage of its annual Russian turnover for repeatedly failing to delete banned content on its search engine and YouTube. This was because the policies regarding content are pretty strict in Russia and the country wants to rein in foreign tech firms.
Google, which last month said it had paid more than 32 million roubles in fines, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
This is not the first fine of the year that Russia has imposed on US-based companies. The country has imposed several small fines on U.S. tech companies. State communications regulator Roskomnadzor has slowed down the speed of Twitter (TWTR.N) since March and has told Reuters it will not lift the restrictions on mobile devices until all illegal content is removed.