| 24 July 2024, Wednesday |

Russia fines Apple for not deleting ‘inaccurate’ content on Ukraine conflict

Apple (AAPL.O) was fined 400,000 roubles ($4,274) on Thursday by a Moscow court for failing to remove “inaccurate” material regarding the “special military operation” that Russia claims is taking place in Ukraine, according to Russian news media.

According to the TASS news agency, Apple had never before been penalized for such an offense.

Apple did not immediately respond to an emailed request for comment. The company paused all product sales in Russia shortly after Moscow sent tens of thousands of troops into Ukraine in February 2022, and limited its Apple Pay service in Russia.

Moscow has clashed with Big Tech for years over content, censorship, data and local representation in disputes that escalated after Russia sent its armed forces into Ukraine.

Apple paid a 906-million-rouble fine in a Russian antitrust case alleging abuse of its dominance in the mobile apps market, Russia’s Federal Antimonopoly Service (FAS) said in February.

Apple, which did not comment then, had previously appealed and “respectfully disagreed” with a FAS ruling that Apple’s distribution of apps through its iOS operating system gave its own products a competitive advantage.

The same court later said it had fined the Wikimedia Foundation, which owns Wikipedia, 3 million roubles for the same offence.

Wikimedia has been fined several times and has previously said information that Russian authorities complained about was well-sourced and in line with Wikipedia standards.

  • Reuters