Russia blocks Google News, citing Ukraine conflict

Russia’s communications regulator has blocked Alphabet’s Google News Aggregator service, accusing it of allowing access to what it calls “fake material” about the country’s military operation in Ukraine, the Interfax news agency said Wednesday.

“We have confirmed that some people in Russia are having difficulty accessing the Google News app and website and this is not due to any technical issues on our part,” Google said in a statement.

“We have worked hard to keep information services, such as news, accessible to the Russian people as long as possible.”

Interfax reported that the regulator had acted at the request of the Russian Prosecutor General’s Office, Roscommonadzor.

Interfax quoted the regulator as saying that the American online news agency had provided access to numerous publications and materials containing unverified and universally important information about the course of special military operations in Ukrainian territory.

A new Russian law makes it illegal to report any incident that could disrespect the Russian military.

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