YouTube now bans all Russian propaganda videos. The American platform has already deleted more than 15,000 videos that violate its rules. The site, owned by Google, also announced the blocking of all Russian state-funded media worldwide.
YouTube takes on russian propaganda. On its Twitter account, Google’s video-sharing platform announced the removal of all content “denying, minimizing or trivializing well-documented violent events”, like the war in Ukraine. The American firm specifies that the prohibited content may include videos that present Ukrainian victims as actors. Recently, Moscow has repeatedly used this ploy to defame Ukraine’s troops.
The platform, which has 2 billion monthly visitors, is committed to ban all videos that present the Russian invasion as a simple military operation against terrorist groups. Walking the talk, YouTube has removed “over 1,000 channels and over 15,000 videos” who violate its policy on incitement to violence or misinformation.
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YouTube blocks all Russian-funded media worldwide
At the beginning of March 2022, YouTube has already taken on Kremlin propaganda by blocking media channels RT and Sputnik across Europe. The platform then complied with a request from the European Commission. As Russian strikes in Ukraine continue, YouTube has decided to go even further by banning all Russian-funded channels in the whole world.
“We block access to YouTube channels associated with Russian state-funded media worldwide”, says YouTube. Media channels like RT (Russia Today) or Sputnik will therefore be inaccessible in all countries of the world. The platform claims that this change is effective immediately. However, the company admits that its “ systems take time to set up”.
Finally, the Google platform announced blocking all monetization methods. Russian creators are now unable to earn an income from their productions. YouTube had previously paused all advertising in Russia.
At the same time, Russia is chaining measures against Western platforms. After blocking Facebook and restricting Twitter, Vladimir Putin’s regime is now threatening to ban Instagram in the near future.