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Fined in Russia Google Removed 70% Banned Sites from Search Results

Google has agreed now to comply with the National Authorities in Russia to delete websites banned in the country from its search results.

After failing to remove banned sites from Google search results, and breaching Russian federal law, the search company has now begun removing those sites.

National Authorities in Russia have a database of banned sites that it keeps updating and the range includes sites that promote terrorism to those engaged in unlicensed gambling, copyright infringement etc.

Now, a local report suggests that the US search company has removed around 73 percent of the URLs present in the country’s register of banned sites.

Up until now, ISPs operating in the Russian country was tasked to prevent their subscribers from accessing these sites by integrating FGIS (Unified Register of Prohibited Information) database into their system.

And, more recently, the legislation was updated to include search engines as well. Now, the law requires search engines in the country to prevent these banned sites from appearing in their search results.

While local players like Yandex and Mail.ru, connected to the blacklist database as required by the law, however, Google did not.

This caused trouble for Google, as the local telecom watchdog Roscomnadzor swung into action and asked the company to immediately connect to the FGIS database of blacklisted.

In the first instance, the telecoms watchdog contacted Google with a demand that it should immediately connect to the FGIS blacklist.

Despite having a meeting with the authorities, Google still refused to comply.

As a result of this breach of federal law, Google was fined 500,000 rubles (USD $7,595).

However, now Google seems to be effectively working on deleting in its search results as required by Russians authorities.

According to a report, Google has received a list of 120,000 ‘banned’ URLs, thus far, the company has reportedly deleted around 73 percent of links present in the FGIS database.

“Constructive dialogue and cooperation have been established between Roscomnadzor and Google. At the moment, we are satisfied with the results of this cooperation,” Roscomnadzor spokesperson Vadim Ampelonsky told Interfax.

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