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Russia Imposes Fine On Amazon Over Banned Content

Russia Imposes Fine On Amazon Over Banned Content
A Moscow court fined Inc 4 million roubles ($65,000) on Tuesday for failing to remove banned content relating to drug use and suicide, the first such penalty for the US tech giant in Russia.
Russia has fined other foreign technology firms for failing to remove content, as part of what critics say is a Kremlin campaign to limit the influence of Western technology firms, particularly since Moscow sent its armed forces into Ukraine.
The Tagansky District Court stated that it fined Amazon 4 million roubles in two separate cases, but did not specify which. It also fined Amazon's streaming service Twitch 8 million roubles for failing to remove prohibited content.
According to Interfax, Amazon's fines related to drug distribution content and information on how to commit suicide.
Amazon did not leave any comments.
Twitch has previously been fined for hosting video interviews with Oleksiy Arestovych, an adviser to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy, that were deemed to contain "false" information by Moscow.
The state news agency TASS reported on Tuesday that one of Twitch's two 4-million-rouble fines related to the broadcast of a new interview with Arestovych, conducted by a Russian lawyer designated as a 'foreign agent.'
Twitch did not respond to a request for comment, but TASS reported that the offending videos had been deleted by the time the cases were heard in court.
Meta Platforms Inc. was found guilty of "extremist activities," and its social networks Facebook and Instagram were banned, while Alphabet's Google was fined and its Russian subsidiary filed for bankruptcy.
According to Russian news agencies, Russia's communications regulator Roskomnadzor demanded on Tuesday that Google restore access to the Federation Council's YouTube account.

Christopher J. Mitchell

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