According to news agency Interfax, Russia’s. telecommunications and information regulator, Roskomnadzor, has blocked access to Google News in the country for giving access to “materials containing unreliable information” about the military conflict in Ukraine. “The mentioned U.S. internet news resource provided access to numerous publications and materials containing unreliable, publicly significant information about the course of the special military operation in Ukraine,” the regulator told Interfax. Earlier this month, Roskomnadzor ordered Google to stop running ads about the Ukraine conflict on YouTube that it said were false.
Russia has blocked Google News access in the nation for allegedly spreading “unreliable material” regarding its invasion of Ukraine. Google’s news aggregation service is no longer available in Russia, according to the company. Russia’s expanding information war with Western internet platforms is highlighted by the latest suspension. In the midst of the current military confrontation in Ukraine, Russia is strengthening its limitations on what type of information reaches its population. Google News, the search giant’s news aggregator, is the most recent service to go offline in the country.
Russia’s latest action marks an escalating information war between its government and the Western internet platforms. A few weeks ago, Russian state media were banned from the Google News app or the Google Play Store in Europe following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Previously, Google barred Russian state-sponsored ads from running on its platform worldwide.
Google did not immediately respond to Android Central’s request for comment, but a company representative earlier confirmed to TechCrunch that Google News has become inaccessible to users in Russia. “We’ve confirmed that some people are having difficulty accessing the Google News app and website in Russia and that this is not due to any technical issues on our end,” a Google representative was quoted as saying. “We’ve worked hard to keep information services like News accessible to people in Russia for as long as possible.”
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Several other tech giants, including Meta and Twitter, have banned Russian state media from their platforms since the start of the Ukraine war. In return, the country blocked access to the social media giants’ services, including Facebook and Instagram. Meta’s WhatsApp, on the other hand, remains accessible to Russian users.