According to reports from Russian news media, a court in Moscow fines Apple 400,000 roubles, which is equivalent to $4,274, on Thursday for failing to delete “inaccurate” content concerning what Russia refers to as a “special military operation” in Ukraine from podcasts and apps.
According to the TASS news agency, this was the very first time that Apple has been penalized for engaging in such conduct. According to Interfax, Apple has not eliminated any programs or podcasts that contain inaccurate information regarding the conflict in Ukraine.
Russia fines apple according to the court, the content in question includes information “aimed at involving minors in illegal activities in order to destabilize the political situation in the Russian Federation,” as reported by Interfax.
A request for comment sent to Apple through email was not answered by the company. Shortly after Moscow deployed tens of thousands of troops into Ukraine in February 2022, the business suspended all product sales in Russia and blocked the availability of its Apple Pay service in that country.
According to Interfax, Apple’s attorneys in court requested that the session be held behind closed doors in order to prevent the disclosure of trade secrets. After their request was granted, the court directed the media to leave the building.
The conflict between Moscow and Big Tech has been going on for years on a variety of issues, including content, censorship, data, and local representation. These disagreements reached a head after Russia sent its armed troops into Ukraine.
In February, Russia’s Federal Antimonopoly Service (FAS) announced that Apple had settled an antitrust action in Russia by paying a fine of 906 million roubles. The prosecution alleged that Apple had abused its dominant position in the market for mobile applications.
Apple, which did not react at the time, had previously appealed and “respectfully disagreed” with a FAS finding that found that Apple’s distribution of apps through its iOS operating system gave Apple’s own products a competitive advantage. However, Apple did not respond at the time.
After some time had passed, the same court announced that it had levied a fine of three million roubles on the Wikimedia Foundation, the organization that runs Wikipedia.
Wikimedia has been given a number of different fines, and in the past they have stated that the information that the Russian authorities have complained about is well-sourced and in accordance with Wikipedia standards.