Russia fines Twitch 2 million rubbles for over 31-seconds fake video

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Russia fines Twitch 2 million rubbles for over 31-seconds fake video
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According to Russian news sources, a Russian court fined streaming site Twitch about 2 million roubles (roughly $33,000) for posting a short video that contained what it believed to be “fake” information on alleged war crimes in the Ukrainian town of Bucha.

Russia has regularly threatened to impose fines on websites it claims are carrying “fake” content about its military assault in Ukraine, including Google, Twitter, and Wikipedia.

According to the Kommersant newspaper, the court charged Twitch, a U.S.-based live-streaming service popular by video gamers, with failing to take down a 31-second video of a girl from the town of Bucha. The video’s content was not made clear.

Following Moscow’s invasion in February, Ukraine and its allies accuse Russian forces of committing atrocities in Bucha, a satellite town of Kyiv. Russia disputes the accusation.

Earlier, according to RIA, Telegram messenger was hit with two fines totaling 11 million roubles ($179,000) for hosting “unreliable data” about Russia’s progress in what it calls a “special military operation” in Ukraine and for refusing to remove channels that purportedly proved how to “sabotage” military vehicles.

Source: Reuters

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