Russia’s communications regulator on Tuesday mentioned it had drawn up two administrative circumstances in opposition to Alphabet’s Google for failing to take away banned data from its YouTube video-sharing platform, accusing it of blatantly selling false content material.
It mentioned YouTube had develop into one of many key platforms within the “information war” in opposition to Russia.
Google didn’t instantly reply to an emailed request for remark.
Russia has restricted entry to Twitter and Meta’s flagship Facebook and Instagram providers since sending troops into Ukraine on February 24, as a simmering dispute with US know-how giants has escalated right into a battle to manage data flows.
YouTube, which has blocked Russian state-funded media globally, is underneath heavy stress from Moscow, which earlier this month accused it of spreading what it referred to as threats in opposition to Russian residents.
“The American platform openly enables the spread of false content, containing inaccurate publicly significant information about the course of the special military operation in Ukraine, discrediting the armed forces of the Russian Federation, as well as information of an extremist nature with calls for violence against Russian servicemen,” Roskomnadzor mentioned.
Russia final week mentioned Meta was responsible of “extremist activity”, one thing the corporate’s lawyer denied in a Moscow court docket.
Russia launched what it calls a particular operation in Ukraine to degrade its neighbour’s army capabilities and root out folks it referred to as harmful nationalists.
Ukrainian forces have mounted stiff resistance and the West has imposed sweeping sanctions on Russia in response.
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