Russia: Google refusing to delete insulting content

Friday, 16. August 2019 15:40

Russia asked Alphabet's Google to delete videos from Youtube which the country's media watchdog Roskomnadzor deems as "unlawful content" since it "insults" Russia's state symbols.

In a statement, the watchdog said: "On July 31, the [Roskomnadzor] service received an order from the General Prosecutor’s Office to delete from one of the pages a video openly insulting Russia’s national symbols.The communications watchdog has already had to send three notifications to Google — the owner of the [video] hosting site — however, access has not been restricted to the data that the General Prosecutor’s Office referred to."

The video in question is believed to have been filmed in Ukraine and shows individuals burning the Russian flag and destroying the country's emblem. Russia introduced a law in March this year that introduced fines for posting online content that insults Russia's national symbols.

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