YouTube blocks RT, Russian news channel in Sputnik

YouTube blocks RT, a Russian news channel in Sputnik

Owned by Google after Facebook and Instagram YouTube On Tuesday it also said it blocked the Russian press RT (Formerly Russia Today) Sputnik All over Europe in response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

The company owned by Alphabet confirmed the news on Twitter

“Due to the ongoing war in Ukraine, we are blocking YouTube channels connected to RT and Sputnik throughout Europe. It will take effect soon. It will take some time for the system to fully boot. Team Will continue to monitor the situation 24 hours a day. Take immediate action. ”

EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said the block “banned the Kremlin’s media machines.”
“State-owned Russia Today and Sputnik, and their subsidiaries, will not be able to spread their lies to justify Putin’s war. We are a tool to ban their toxic and harmful disinformation in Europe. Is developing, “she said.

Just a while ago Meta (Formerly Facebook) has blocked Russian state media RT and Sputnik throughout the European Union.

The RT and Sputnik pages are no longer displayed on Facebook and Instagram in the EU.

“Many governments and the EU have asked us to take further steps in relation to Russia’s state media,” Nick Clegg, president of global affairs at Meta, said on Twitter.

“Given the exceptional nature of the current situation, we are currently planning to limit access to RT and Sputnik throughout the EU,” he posted late Monday.




Social networks have also blocked Russian state media from advertising on the platform.

Meta previously blocked access to several Russian state accounts in Ukraine. Social networks also said they are considering other government demands to restrict access to these accounts in their country. Meta (formerly Facebook), which was hit by partial restrictions, banned Russian state media from advertising and making money on its platform anywhere in the world. Meta has also shut down its network to disseminate false information about Russia’s aggression across social media platforms, targeting Ukrainian people disguised as news editors, aeronautical engineers, and authors.

The company said people ran websites disguised as independent news entities and created fake personas across Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, Telegram, and even social media platforms such as Russia’s Odnoklassniki and VK apps. rice field.

The operation ran a small number of websites disguised as independent news outlets, with the West betraying Ukraine and publicizing claims that Ukraine was a failed state.



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