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YouTube: Google gets the next million-dollar fine in Russia

Only recently we reported that Google had to pay a million-dollar fine in Russia. But that was obviously just the beginning. Now the US company is facing another hefty fine. The focus is not on the search engine itself, but on the video portal YouTube, which belongs to Google.

Google with YouTube in focus of Russian authorities

Business in Russia is apparently becoming increasingly expensive for Google. So the company is now facing a fine of about 35 million euros. This is nothing new for the Alphabet subsidiary. After all, Google is also familiar with problems with authorities from Germany. In this country, the Federal Cartel Office is increasingly targeting the company. In Russia, too, it is the antitrust office that is exerting pressure on Google and YouTube in particular. The video service is accused of exploiting its monopoly in the country.

The authority is particularly concerned about Google’s deletion behavior. This is based on rules that are not really comprehensible, which is why accounts were deleted out of the blue. The real problem for Russian policy is likely to be the fact that YouTube is taking targeted action against accounts of Russian news portals that broadcast fake news. Especially during the Ukraine war, the number of targeted fake news increased significantly.

Expensive Russia Business

If Russian politicians continue to impose fines on YouTube at regular intervals, business in Russia is probably no longer really worthwhile for Google. Among experts, however, the video platform is considered one of the last opportunities for Russian citizens to access neutral news. Russia itself sees this as “anti-Russian propaganda,” which has already earned Google a 360 million euro fine. This naturally raises the question of how long Google’s breath will last.

Simon Lüthje

I am co-founder of this blog and am very interested in everything that has to do with technology, but I also like to play games. I was born in Hamburg, but now I live in Bad Segeberg.

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