A Russian court has fined Alphabet 7.2 billion rubles ($98 million) for failing to remove banned content, the largest such penalty in the country, as authorities put pressure on foreign tech companies.
And the media office of the Moscow Courts announced in its account on Telegram that Google had been convicted of “recidivism” against the background of the American giant’s failure to remove from its platforms content classified by Russia as prohibited.
He added that the fine was calculated based on Google’s revenue.
Russia has been pressuring Google and other foreign internet companies to comply with its increasingly stringent laws on prohibited content and data localization. Until the final ruling, fines were usually less than $1 million.