Russia fines Google for refusing to remove LGBTQ+ content

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05/12/2023

Google has been fined three million rubles (£31,000) by Russia after it refused to remove content which the country said promoted same-sex relationships. The penalty was also imposed for Google showing “false information” about Russia’s invasion of Ukraine last year. Russia’s strict anti-LGBTQ+ laws prohibit what it calls the “promotion of LGBT propaganda”. Attempts to “promote” homosexuality in public, online or in media could result in heavy fines – dozens of which have been imposed on Western tech companies in the last year. Russian prosecutors said Google refused to remove several videos posted to YouTube by a vlogger it had dubbed a so-called “foreign agent”, one of which included information about same-sex couples raising children together and St. Petersburg’s LGBTQ+ community.

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