Google has \reportedly teamed up with Russian telecom watchdog Roskomnadzor and has begun removing links despite refusing to cooperate with Moscow.
The California-headquartered online giant has already deleted around 70 percent of the websites containing information banned in Russia, Vedomosti business daily reported Wednesday, citing a resource in Google. RT contacted the press office of Google to get additional information, but it is yet to respond.
Roskomnadzor blacklists websites containing banned topics like child porn, drugs, and even suicide. The watchdog also has come under fire for what most termed an overreach, as it has a background of banning webpages on websites into PornHub from Wikipedia.
The telecom regulator has been in a long row with Google as the Alphabet firm had refused to comply with regulations. Google was fined 500,000 rubles ($7,500) at December for refusing to link its search engine into the national database of banned sites, which comprises around 120,000 URLs. In case its behavior doesn’t alter, roskomnadzor has \threatened to block Google in Russia.
Though Google has hesitated to inflict content blockers in Russia, it has been caught in efforts to censor search results both at home in the US and overseas. An internal briefing leaked to the press annually stated free speech is an “utopian idea,” and generating “arranged distances for security and civility” is Google’s new assignment.
Google has also been accused of manually tweaking search results on contentious subjects including abortions and immigration as well as on political figures like Rep. Maxine Waters. In August, The Intercept reported about Google’s plans to launch a censored version of its search engine in China.
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