Russia warns Google against advertising protests

Sunday, 11. August 2019 14:24

Russia's media watchdog Roskomnadzor warned Google on Sunday that it needs to stop allowing ads for protests in Russia to be published on its websites, including Youtube. According to a statement published by Interfax, Google was told to "stop using Youtube to advertise illegal mass events."

Furthermore, in case Google does not take any measures, Roskomnadzor said it will consider Google's actions as "interference in sovereign affairs of the state" and noted Moscow plans to "respond appropriately." The agency added that such actions also represent meddling in the democratic process in Russia.

Earlier in the day, Chairman of Russia's Commission for the Protection of State Sovereignty and Prevention of Interference in Russia Andrei Klimov (pictured) warned that Moscow's "foreign opponents" used Youtube to "manipulate Russian citizens, who attended an authorized rally on Moscow's Sakharov Avenue." He commented that Russians started getting notifications from sources they never signed up to, during the rally. Klimov said the messages tried to convince the citizens to break Russia law.

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