Facebook, Google rebuff Russia over political advertising accusation

Russia’s state communications watchdog Roskomnadzor said both Google and Facebook had circulated political advertising during Sunday’s voting despite a ban on such publicity. (AFP)
Updated 09 September 2019
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Facebook, Google rebuff Russia over political advertising accusation

  • State communications watchdog Roskomnadzor said both Google and Facebook had circulated political advertising

MOSCOW: Google said on Monday that it supported responsible political advertising that complies with local legislation, after Russia accused it of circulating such advertising during local elections at the weekend.

The tech giant neither affirmed nor denied in a statement that it had disseminated any such advertising.

The state communications watchdog said Google and Facebook had circulated political advertising during the polls, which it said could be seen as interference.

“We support responsible political advertising and expect that it has to comply with local legislative demands including the laws on elections and voting rights and mandatory ‘election silence’ for any geographical areas where such advertising is oriented,” Google said in a statement.

Facebook said on Monday that advertisers, and not the company itself, were responsible for complying with local election laws.

Local and regional elections were held on Sunday in an array of Russian regions. In Moscow, the ruling United Russia party, which supports President Vladimir Putin, lost a slew of seats in the city parliament, RIA news agency reported on Monday.


French court upholds ruling against beIN Sports in favor of Arabsat

Updated 19 September 2019

French court upholds ruling against beIN Sports in favor of Arabsat

  • Arabsat also said it had received “unprecedented financial compensation” from the Qatari-owned network

The Arab Satellite Communications Organization (Arabsat) said on Thursday that a French court had upheld an earlier ruling dismissing allegations by beIN Sports.

Arabsat also said it had received “unprecedented financial compensation” from the Qatari-owned network, which was imposed by the court, after its appeal was rejected.

“This clearly proves the falsehood of claims and vindicates Arabsat’s position against these irresponsible accusations,” Arabsat said.

The court case relates to accusations from beIN Sports that Arabsat facilitated illegal satellite broadcasts from a piracy network known as “beoutQ”.

In its statement, Arabsat rejected allegations made against it this week by FIFA and other football federations “which contain disgraceful repetitions of the beIN network’s claims.”