Russian authorities penalized Google again on Thursday for allowing unlawful content to remain on its sites, as global digital behemoths face increasing pressure in the country.
In recent months, Russia has taken legal action against foreign internet companies for failing to delete content that the authorities have prohibited, such as pornographic material or posts deemed extremist or advocating drugs or suicide.
According to the official Moscow courts Telegram channel, the Tagansky district court fined Google six million rubles ($80,850) for the breach on Thursday.
The US corporation was slammed with five more fines totalling 14 million rubles earlier this week for the identical offences. Google was fined three million rubles last month for violating data storage restrictions.
Google has been penalized 32.5 million rubles in Russia, according to the RIA Novosti news agency.
It was the first time the corporation had been fined under the contentious rule that requires Russian users’ data to be housed on Russian servers.
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Moscow has recently increased pressure on international technology companies, particularly social networks, after accusing them earlier this year of failing to remove posts encouraging minors to join protests in support of imprisoned Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny.
Facebook has been fined for failing to delete unlawful information, while Twitter’s service speeds in Russia have been throttled.
In recent years, the Russian government has likewise tightened internet regulation under the guise of combating extremism and protecting minors.