Donbas republics ban Google — RT Russia & Former Soviet Union
The Donetsk People’s Republic will block the search engine to protect its population from alleged misinformation
The Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) decided to block Google in an attempt to protect the local population from « threats » coming from both the West and kyiv, DPR leader Denis Pushilin announced on Friday.
Russian and DPR leaders are taking steps to protect Donbass, because “the West and Ukraine exert unprecedented pressure on the Republic and create physical and psychological security threats“Pushilin wrote on Telegram. « The purpose of this pressure is to intimidate the citizens of the Donetsk People’s Republic, to break their spirit.”
Although he expressed confidence that the West will not succeed, Pushilin said action was needed, adding that « ruthless propagandaof Ukraine and the West has overstepped the mark, with Russians being persecuted, and « misinformation and lies » spread.
In this regard, the Google search engine, which is at the forefront of information technology, openly promotes terrorism and violence against all Russians, and in particular the population of Donbass, acting at the request of its supervisors in the US government.
« In my opinion, this situation can no longer be tolerated. We have decided to block Google in the territory of the DPR. This is what any society would do to criminals – it isolates them from otherssaid Pushilin.
He noted that the decision would be reversed if Google reversed its « criminal policies,» embraces common sense and obeys the law.
A similar statement to this effect was made by the authorities of the Lugansk People’s Republic (LPR), with its leader, Leonid Pasechnik, claiming that Google has become « the main weaponused by the West and Ukraine in their media offensive against Donbass. « We’ll manage without Google. If they redeem themselves and start respecting people – we will think about his return, » he said.
The move to ban Google in the DPR comes after Russia fined the company 21 billion rubles ($356 million) on Monday, citing its failure to remove banned information about the conflict in Ukraine. Russia has long been critical of the way foreign platforms handle online content. In March, he introduced a law that allows substantial fines or harsher penalties to be imposed on individuals and entities deemed to be discrediting the Russian armed forces and spreading false information about the conflict.
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