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Google News: Russia restricts access to Google News
Google News: Russia restricts access to Google News
Google News: Russia restricts access to Google News

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Google News: Russia restricts access to Google News

Google News: Twitter access is also restricted. Russia’s media director has imposed restrictions on access to the Google News app. Accusing it of providing access to “false” information about Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Russian media outlets reported on Wednesday.

The decision was made at the request of Russia’s Attorney General’s Office.

According to a statement issued by state news agency Roskomnadzor.
The online news service “provided access to many books. And material containing false information. About the course of a special military campaign in the territory of Ukraine,” the statement said.

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Google “confirmed that some people have difficulty accessing the Google News app and website in Russia. And that this is not due to any technical issues we are facing,” said a company spokesman.

Google News: Russia restricts access to Google News
Google News: Russia restricts access to Google News

“We have worked hard to keep information resources such as the News accessible to the Russian people. For as long as possible,” a Google spokesman said.

Since Russia’s intervention in Ukraine on February 24. The Russian government has tightened its grip on the Internet. One of the country’s first free speech services.

Many Russian and foreign media outlets, including the BBC. Have banned their internet service and the American social networking site.

Twitter access is also restricted.

Last week, Roskomnadzor again accused the US giant Google. And its YouTube video service of “terrorist” activities. The first step in preventing a possible crackdown.

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At the same time. The authorities launched two new criminal cases in early March. One to disseminate information “to discard” the Russian army and to distribute “false” information about Russian troops.

The latest case has sentences of up to 15 years in prison. And is of great concern to opposition political parties and the private media. Who fear prosecution for any report on the Ukrainian case.

Google news history

Since 2014, Google News has viewed more than 50,000 media outlets worldwide. More than 60 regional translations in 28 languages ​​were available in March 2012. Arabic, Bengali, Bulgarian, Cantonese, Chinese, Czech, Dutch, English, French, German, Greek. , Hebrew, Hindi, Hungarian, Italian, Indonesian, Japanese, Kannada, Korean, Latvian, Lithuanian, Malayalam, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Serbian, Spanish, Swedish, Tamil, Telugu, Thai, Turkish, Ukrainian and Vietnamese .

This service includes news articles from the past 44 days on various news websites. In all, Google News covers content from over 20,000 publishers. In the English language, it covers some 4,500 sites. Its front page provides approximately the first 200 characters of the article and a link to its main content. Websites may or may not need to register; sites that require registration are noted in the description of the article.

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free first click

On December 1, 2009, Google announced changes to its “free first click” system. [clarification required] Operational since 2008 and allows users to find and read articles behind paywall. Google on December 1, 2009 changed its policy to allow a limit of five articles per day. In order to protect publishers from harassment.

Google News Framework underwent a major update on May 16, 2011.

On July 14, 2011, Google unveiled the “Google News Badges”, which were released later in October 2012.

Google News desktop version

In June 2017, the Google News desktop version saw a complete redesign that according to Google aimed. To “make news more accessible and easier to navigate. With a renewed focus on facts, different perspectives. And more user control.” However a few options such as the menu of search tools. It now uses the card format for collecting related news. And as abridged by Engadget. “no longer looks like a search results page”, deleting text captions and blue links.

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Historically users would have preferred to hide articles from the media.

According to a 2020 study in the journal Nature Human Behavior. Google News prioritizes local news stores. Where people search for keywords that are directly related to local topics.

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