Google to comply with Russia's demands

Friday, 16. April 2021 13:30

The chair of Russian State Duma's investigation commission Vasily Piskarev stated that Alphabet Inc.'s Google will conduct its activities in accordance with Russian laws, Tass reported on Friday.

Piskarev stated that Google "showed great interest in our dialogue," adding that the country is "of great importance" to the company. Google agreed to remove all content designated as illegal from its platform, as well as designating the Kuril Islands as part of Russia and removing viewing restrictions on films "Beslan" and "Rzhev." A second meeting between Google and the commission is scheduled for mid-autumn, with Piskarev adding that "we have made sure that Google is ready to continue working legally."

Representatives from Google testified in front of Duma's commission earlier today on the company's role in alleged foreign interference in Russia's internal affairs and the presence of illicit content on its platforms. Duma's commission is also expected to meet with representatives of Facebook Inc. and Twitter Inc. soon to discuss similar matters, with Twitter already being fined for not removing "illegal content" and its traffic speed limited.

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