Russia blocks Google News

The news aggregator is the latest service to go down in the country.

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Karissa Bell
March 23, 2022 6:58 PM
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UKRAINE - 2022/01/09: In this photo illustration a Google News logo seen displayed on a smartphone. (Photo Illustration by Igor Golovniov/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)
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Google News is the latest major service to be blocked in Russia. The country’s telecom regulator Roskomnadzor has blocked Google News, according to Reuters, which cited a report from state media outlet Interfax.

The regulator said it was blocking the news service because it “provided access to numerous publications and materials containing inauthentic and publicly important information about the course of the special military operation on the territory of Ukraine,” according to Interfax.

Russia has already blocked Facebook, Instagram and Twitter in recent weeks.

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"We’ve confirmed that some people are having difficulty accessing the Google News app and website in Russia and that this is not due to any technical issues on our end," a Google spokesperson said in a statement. "We’ve worked hard to keep information services like News accessible to people in Russia for as long as possible."

Updated with a statement from Google.

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