Russia fines Google 3 million roubles over failure to delete banned content

The logo of Google is seen on a building at La Defense business and financial district in Courbevoie near Paris, France.

A Moscow court fined Alphabet Inc.’s Google 3 million roubles (an equivalent of $40,400) on Monday for not deleting content that it deemed illegal, part of a wider dispute between Russia and the U.S. tech giant.

Russia in October threatened to fine Google a percentage of its annual Russian turnover for repeatedly failing to delete banned content on its search engine and YouTube, in Moscow’s strongest move yet to rein in foreign tech firms.

Russia has issued several small fines to U.S. tech companies this year. State communications regulator Roskomnadzor has slowed down the speed of Twitter since March and has said it will not lift the restrictions on mobile devices until all illegal content is removed.

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