Roskomnadzor demanded that Google stop distributing false advertising messages

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In recent days, commercials against the Russian military operation in Ukraine have been distributed on YouTube. Users also reported videos in which allegedly captured Russian soldiers, who tell on camera that they did not want to go to Ukraine and ask their relatives to take them home.

Roskomnadzor has previously sent a request to Google, which owns the YouTube video hosting, to restrict access to unreliable content within the context of Google Ads contextual advertising. As reported, a fine of up to 5 million rubles is threatened for the distribution of fakes, and the case materials will be transferred to the Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation.

The State Duma plans to adopt a law that threatens up to 15 years in prison for spreading false information about the VR of the Russian Federation. The adoption of such a law is scheduled for March 4 at the plenary session.

Roskomnadzor today sent a letter to Google LLC (responsible for Google’s advertising activities in Russia) demanding that it immediately stop spreading false information of a political nature on the territory of Russia about the special operation of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation in Ukraine. Such advertising messages are shown to Russian users of the YouTube video hosting and contain misinformation aimed at forming a distorted perception of events in the Russian Internet audience and creating protest moods.

Roskomnadzor requires the video hosting administration to immediately review the terms of moderation of advertising content, as well as to stop its demonstration to Russian users. The agency considers unacceptable the use of YouTube in the information war against Russia, including the use of advertising capabilities of the platform.

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