Over content violation… Russia fines Google with 98 million USD

A Russian court has fined Alphabet, the holding company of Google, 7.2 billion rubles (98 million US dollars) for failing to remove prohibited content, the largest of its kind, as authorities increase pressure on technology companies.

The Russian court noted the company’s repeated failure to comply with orders to remove content.

The fine was calculated based on Google’s revenue.

Russia is pushing Google and other outside internet companies to comply with its increasingly stringent laws on content blocking and data localization.

Fines, before the last one, were usually less than $1 million.

Google didn’t immediately respond to a request for a statement.

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