Russia’s communications regulator Roskomnadzor has threatened to fine Google for not following the country’s orders to remove certain “illegal” videos from YouTube, it was first reported. washington post. In a translated version of his post on telegramthe Roskomnadzor warns that it can fine the tech company up to 8 million rubles (about $94,675 USD), an amount that will rise to 20 percent of Google’s annual revenue in the event of a repeat offense.
Roskomnadzor alleges that YouTube “promotes the distribution of false content” about what it calls the country’s “special military operation” in Ukraine, and accuses the platform of “discrediting” the Russian military. It also says YouTube hosts “extremist” content “with calls for violent action against the Russian military.”
It’s not exactly clear which videos Roskomnadzor is referring to, but it probably has to do with a complaint filed by the communications regulator earlier this month. On March 18, the Roskomnadzor demanded that YouTube remove the ads says that it promotes the destruction of Russian and Belarusian railways. “The actions of the YouTube administration are of a terrorist nature and threaten the life and health of Russian citizens,” he wrote in Press release. “Roskomnadzor is categorically opposed to such advertising campaigns and demands that Google LLC stop broadcasting anti-Russian videos as soon as possible.”
YouTube has already taken a number of actions against Russia following the country’s invasion of Ukraine. The platform has adjusted its policies to demonetize channels belonging to RT and other Russian state-backed media outlets and is prohibit access to videos published by these channels. According to a report from BloombergYouTube suspended Russia’s military account after it posted two videos (later removed) calling the war in Ukraine a “liberation mission” last week. Bloomberg says he also banned a YouTube channel associated with the Russian Defense Ministry.
Facebook and Instagram have taken similar steps to off-platform media run by the Russian government. Both social services started allow users in certain countries call for violence against Russian soldiers, a policy that led Russia will ban the two sites total for “extremist activities”.
It is unclear whether Google has responded to Roskomnadzor’s threats. the edge reached out to YouTube with a request for comment but did not immediately hear back.