A Russian court had previously imposed three fines amounting to 8.9 million rubles on Twitter. The next one to face action is Google News as Russia limits access to it over unreliable information.
According to AFP, citing allegations from Russian news agencies on Wednesday, Russia has banned accessibility to Google News, condemning the service of supplying “false” news regarding the Ukraine conflict.
The Russian General Prosecutor’s Office asserted that the online news repository “provided access to numerous publications and materials that contain false information… about the course of the special military operation on Ukrainian territory.” according to the country’s media regulator, Roskomnadzor.
The decision arrives just a week after Roskomnadzor charged Google of “terrorist” operations, and 2 additional criminal charges were launched by Russian authorities a few weeks ago: one for broadcasting “false” info about Russian military, and the other one for “discrediting” the Russian army.
The first infraction entails a maximum sentence of 15 years in prison and has resulted in the withdrawal of numerous foreign media groups.
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Since the beginning of their ‘special military operation’ in Ukraine on February 24, Russia has curtailed numerous parts of the internet, including barring international media like the BBC and US social media networks after a Moscow court ruled them to be “extremist.”
This is not the first time Russia has taken measures against American media companies. They penalized Facebook and Google, respectively, 26 million and 6 million rubles in May for failing to remove content considered unlawful by Moscow. A Russian court had previously imposed three fines amounting to 8.9 million rubles on Twitter for allegedly allowing unlawful content to remain on its site.