Google forced to pay $34.9 million fine

Russia’s Federal Antitrust Service (SFA) on Tuesday imposed a fine of 2 billion rubles (about $34.9 million) on Google LLC for abusing its dominant position in the market for YouTube video platform services.

Russia, Tuesday July 26, 2022.- The Russian press made the announcement. Google LLC will have to pay the fine within two months, citing an SFA statement.

Google’s actions, the regulator added, lead to sudden blocks and deletion of user accounts without explanation.

The Russian SFA has established that such behavior violates users’ interests and also restricts competition in related markets, the SFA said.

The case against Google stems from a lawsuit brought by the Public Internet Technology Center (ROTsIT), a Russian non-governmental organization that groups Internet users.

This month, ROTsIT asked the antitrust regulator to open proceedings against the live video platform Twitch for blocking Russian users, with the resulting economic damage.

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