Russia fines Google $98 million for corrupting minors


Trad Catholic

After repeatedly accusing Google of ignoring Russian laws on obscenity, Russia has dramatically escalated its long-running battle with major US-based internet platforms. On Friday a Moscow court imposed an unprecedented fine of almost $100 million on Google for corrupting minors with porn, propaganda and transgenderism. . .

Crucially, Kremlin officials and the regulator have long charged Google with promoting politically subversive messaging with the intent to stir up protests in support of jailed dissident Alexei Navalny.

Furthermore, Silicon Valley-based internet companies have been accused by Russia of allowing themselves to be used as a hidden hand of US foreign policy inside Russia and promoting controversial content like transgenderism among Russia’s youth.

Showing sexually explicit and corrupting material to minors is outlawed under recent legislation.

This fine of 7.2 billion rubles, (or $98 million) is record-setting as compared to prior fines imposed on US social media companies. The clear objective of imposing such a huge fine is to send a resounding message and warning.

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Max Roscoe

Orthodox Inquirer
The internet is a great tool, in that it allows free communication.
So it's nice to be able to send someone an email or chat message from the US to Russia.

But there is absolutely no reason foreign cultures should allow for-profit western firms like Facebook, Youtube, Twitter, or porno sites in their nations.
It's not very easy to censor the internet, by design, but with companies like Twitter and Facebook, you could outlaw their presence in your nation in most cases. China and North Korea are the only countries with sense enough to do this.

And yes, youtube. While I don't really use the site for anything other than listening to music, since everyone with hotter takes than Jeb Bush has been banned, they are allowing nudity and cursing without any censorship. There is a popular song on tiktok now called ABCDEFU, and I looked it up on youtube to see what it was about, only to hear the most offensive of all the curse words being sung clearly.

Youtube is simultaneously both the most bland and most offensive site on the internet. Quite a feat!