A Russian court has fined Apple 400,000 roubles ($4,274) on Thursday for failing to remove “inaccurate” information regarding what Russia refers to as a “special military operation” in Ukraine.
According to the TASS news agency, this was the first time Apple had received a fine for such an infraction.
Long-running disagreements between Russia and Big Tech over content, censorship, data, and local representation intensified when Russia sent troops into Ukraine.
According to the Federal Antimonopoly Service of Russia, Apple paid a 906 million rouble fine in a Russian antitrust case alleging misuse of its market dominance in mobile apps.
Apple, which remained silent at the time, had previously appealed and “respectfully disagreed” with a FAS finding that the company’s iOS operating system distribution of apps gave its own goods a competitive edge.
The Wikimedia Foundation, which runs Wikipedia, was later reported to have received a 3 million rouble fine from the same court for the same infraction.
The information that the Russian authorities complained about was well-sourced and in accordance with Wikipedia standards, according to Wikimedia, which has been fined numerous times.