Russia Gives Google 24 Hour Deadline To Delete Content
Russia’s communications watchdog, Roskomnadzor, has given Google an ultimatum: delete so-called “prohibited content” within a 24-hour window, or see its service slowed down and the company cop a fine.
Roskomnadzor claims it sent Google 26,000 alerts to remove information on drugs or violence, and material from “extremist organisations.”
The “unlawful content” in question concerned 12 YouTube links regarding protests in support of jailed Kremlin opponent Alexei Navalny.
Google will be fined between USD$10,800-$54,000 if it doesn’t comply, and 10 per cent of the company’s Russian revenue if it offends again.
Roskomnadzor also alleged Google are engaging in censorship, for restricting YouTube access to Russian media outlets RT and Sputnik.
“This censorship of Russian media and the targeted support for illegal protest activity actually speak to the political colouring of Google’s activities in Russia,” Roskomnadzor said.
In response, Google is suing Roskomnadzor over the demands.