The Russian supervisory authority wants to fine Google for war videos in Ukraine

Russia’s communications regulator, Roskomnadzor, has threatened to fine Google for failing to follow the country’s instructions to remove certain “illegal” YouTube videos, it was first reported The Washington Post. In a translated version of his post on telegramRoskomnadzor warns that it could fine the tech company up to 8 million rubles (approx.

Roskomnadzor claims YouTube “encourages the spread of false content” about the country’s so-called “military special operation” in Ukraine and accuses the platform of “discrediting” the Russian army. It also said YouTube hosts “extremist” content “calling for violent action against Russian soldiers.”

It’s not entirely clear which videos Roskomnadzor is referring to, but it likely has to do with a complaint filed by the communications regulator earlier this month. On March 18th, the Roskomnadzor asked YouTube to remove ads It says promotes the destruction of Russian and Belarusian railways. “The actions of the YouTube administration are of a terrorist nature and threaten the life and health of Russian citizens,” she wrote a press release. “Roskomnadzor categorically rejects such advertising campaigns and urges Google LLC to stop broadcasting anti-Russian videos as soon as possible.”

YouTube has already taken a number of actions against Russia after invading the country in Ukraine. The platform has adjusted its policies demonstrate the channels is owned by RT and other state-supported Russian media Block access to videos posted by these channels. According to a report by BloombergYouTube suspended Russia’s military account after it posted two videos last week (which were later removed) calling the war in Ukraine a “liberation mission”. Bloomberg says it also banned a YouTube channel linked to the Russian Defense Ministry.

Facebook and Instagram have taken similar action De platform media operated by the Russian government. Both social services started Allow users in specific countries calling for violence against Russian soldiers, a policy that led to it Russia wants to ban the two sides a total of because of “extremist activities”.

It is unclear whether Google has responded to Roskomnadzor’s threats. The edge reached out to YouTube for comment, but didn’t immediately receive a response. The Russian supervisory authority wants to fine Google for war videos in Ukraine

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