Google got fined RON 10,000 for discriminating People’s Cathedral

Oana Vasiliu 17/06/2020 | 17:08

According to, Romania’s National Council for Combatting Discrimination (CNCD) has sanctioned Google Romania with a RON 10,000  fine for not reacting when the name of the People’s Cathedral was changed on Google Maps.

At the beginning of May, the name of the People’s Salvation Cathedral (in Romanian, Catedrala Mantuirii Neamului in Romanian) was changed on Google Maps to People’s Fooling Cathedral (in Romanian, Catedrala Prostirii Neamului). The name was not changed for a few days, determining a massive reaction from the Romanian Orthodox Church, which called this an “attack.”

The anti-discrimination watchdog, CNCD, has decided that Google’s late response represents discrimination and violates the right to dignity. Moreover, Google Romania must publish a summary of the decision with a link on the first page of the Google site, the Romanian version, for ten days.


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