Google wanted to cooperate with Russia on prohibited content

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Google responded to the call of the State Duma Commission to investigate the facts of foreign interference in the internal affairs of Russia to establish interaction with aggregators of foreign social networks so that they voluntarily remove content that does not comply with the requirements of Russian legislation. The deputy chairman of the commission Anton Morozov told Izvestia about this on Friday, April 9.

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According to him, in the near future the members of the commission will meet with representatives of Google. The talks will touch upon the removal of extremist content, child pornography, calls for suicide and the involvement of minors in illegal public actions. Morozov noted that "it is necessary to establish order, since the companies are not registered on the territory of the Russian Federation and it is difficult to build interaction with them outside the Russian jurisdiction."

Google wanted to cooperate with Russia on prohibited content
Google wanted to cooperate with Russia on prohibited content

He added that the commission also counts on a productive dialogue on a voluntary basis with Twitter, TikTok, Facebook and other social networks, which are now widespread in Russia.

At a meeting on December 23 last year, the State Duma adopted a law on the procedure for recognizing Internet resources as social networks and the obligation for network owners to block destructive content. According to the document, social networks should restrict access to information that expresses "clear disrespect" for society, the state and the Russian Constitution, as well as containing calls for riots and extremism.

Google has been fined several times in Russia for refusing to filter prohibited content. For example, in December 2018 - by 500 thousand rubles , in 2019 - by 700 thousand rubles, as well as in May and December 2020 - by 1.5 million rubles and 3 million rubles, respectively. In March of this year, the company paid the last fine of 3 million rubles. It was noted that more than 30% of links to information prohibited in the Russian Federation remained in Google search results.

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