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Apple Gets First Fine in Russia for Not Removing 'Inaccurate' Ukraine Content

A Moscow court has issued a fine of 400,000 roubles ($4,274) to tech giant Apple for failing to delete content deemed inaccurate about Russia's military operation in Ukraine.

Credits: Reuters

This marks the first time the U.S. company has been penalised for this offence.

Russia Claims Apple Did Not Remove Banned Apps and Podcasts

Russia's state news agency TASS reported that Apple had not removed applications and podcasts containing information Moscow considers false about the conflict in Ukraine. The court stated the content was aimed at "involving minors in illegal activities to destabilise Russia's political situation".

Apple did not respond to a request for comment on the fine. Earlier this year, the company halted product sales in Russia shortly after the invasion of Ukraine began in February 2022. It also limited its Apple Pay service in the country.

Russia Clashes With Big Tech Over Content and Censorship

Moscow has had disputes with major technology companies like Apple for years over issues such as content, censorship, data usage and local representation. These clashes escalated following Russia's military action in Ukraine.

  • Apple fined 400,000 roubles by Moscow court for not removing banned content on Ukraine conflict

  • First time Apple penalised for failing to delete apps and podcasts deemed inaccurate by Russia

  • Tech giant previously halted product sales and limited services in Russia after invasion


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