Google ‘satisfies’ Russia following demands the web giant censor people’s internet searches
- Google was fined $7,500 by Russia in 2018 for not complying with regulation law
- Communications regulator Roskomnadzor has previously called on Google to route citizens’ web search through the government’s filtering system
- Regulator’s boss says he is now ‘satisfied with results of dialogue’ with Google
Google has ‘satisfied’ Russia following demands that the web giant censor people’s internet searches, it has emerged.
The Russian communications regulator, Roskomnadzor, has made frequent calls for Google to route citizens’ web searches through the government’s filtering system.
But the regulator’s boss Alexander Zharov said today that he is now ‘satisfied with the results of the dialogue’ with the California-based tech company.
Google is said to have ‘satisfied’ Russia following demands that the web giant censor people’s internet searches
Earlier this month, it was claimed that Google had reportedly agreed to start censoring searches in Russia after years of refusing to cooperate with the country.
This suggested that Google would now comply with Russian law passed in 2017, that requires any websites banned by the government to be omitted from search engine results.
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It was reported that Google would be working alongside Roskomnadzor, who currently work to block sites including child pornography, drugs and suicide.
However, according to the Moscow Times, Roskomnadzor is widely criticised for being a mouthpiece for the government for its perceived favouring of state censorship.
The supposed independent body has previously been found to have blocked access to corruption investigations against government ministers.
Google was fined $7,500 by Russia in 2018 for not complying with regulation laws.
Alexander Zharov, the head of the Russian Federal Service for Supervision of Communications, Information Technology and Mass Media (Roskomnadzor) said today that he is now ‘satisfied with the results of the dialogue’ with the California-based tech company
Last week, local paper Vedomosti reported that Google had already began deleting 70 percent of the sites blacklisted by the Russian government.
It was claimed that said 175 requests had been made by Russian officials to delete specific sites, in a Google Transparency report from last-year.
Russia also accounted for 75% of all global requests to delete content, according to the report.
According to Sky, Google has declined to make an official comment over its relationship with Roskomnadzor.
The the company has said: ‘We’re committed to enabling access to information for the benefit of our users in Russia and around the world.’
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