Russian governments blocked Google for about 3 hour on Thursday.
And while this may seem like a familiar story another speciman of an authoritarian government blocking major internet sites this brief Google blockage may have been a true-life blip, according to The Moscow Times
Roskomnadzor, an internet regulator that controls the flow of mass communication and information technology in Russia, apparently blocked Google because the search engine still offered users a link to a bookmaker currently under a law battle with the Russian government. Google deleted the pertaining association, and Russians could again access the site.
The dispute is reportedly the result of a technicality, rather than an actual fighting against Google. But the Russian government has pushed with the search engine before.
Google agreed to pay the equivalent of $7.8 million earlier this year to settle a lawsuit in which the search busines agreed to allow apps from rival companies to be pre-installed on the home screen of phones constructed with Google’s Android software. The agreement reached about after a Google competitor in Russia, Yandex, deplored that investing Google apps on Android telephones yielded Google an unjust advantage. Google is required to make sure its browser, Chrome, allows users to change to the Yandex search engine.