The Tagansky District Court of Moscow upheld a turnover fine of 7.2 billion rubles against Google for refusing to remove content prohibited in Russia.
“The court considered Google’s appeal against the decision of the judge of the 422nd world district on the fine of this legal entity for 7.2 billion rubles for the systematic failure to remove information prohibited in the Russian Federation. The decision of the first instance was recognized as lawful and justified,” the press service of the court said.
On December 24, 2021, the court ruled to fine Google 7.2 billion rubles for refusing to remove content. According to court ruling documents, the approved turnover fines for Google and Meta amounted to 5% of the companies’ annual revenue. The company was found guilty under Part 5 of Art. 13.41 of the Code of Administrative Offenses of the Russian Federation on the repeated non-deletion by the owner of the information resource of content prohibited by Russian law.
On February 1, 2021, a law came into force in Russia, according to which social networks must themselves identify and block prohibited content. If it is not possible to independently assess the illegality of the content within a day, the administration of the social network must send the data to Roskomnadzor.
On February 15 of this year, the Tagansky Court of Moscow recognized the imposition of a fine of about 2 billion rubles on Meta, which owns the social networks Facebook and Instagram, as legal. The decision was also made for the company’s refusal to remove prohibited information. Deputy Chairman of the Council for the Development of the Digital Economy Irina Rukavishnikova, in an interview with Izvestia, noted that the introduction of turnover fines against foreign IT giants was a necessary measure on the part of Russia.
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