YouTube on Friday broadened its blocking of
Russian state-linked media channels to apply internationally after initially
barring them only in Europe following Moscow´s invasion of Ukraine.

Russia´s internationally condemned attack has provoked
unprecedented sanctions from Western governments and businesses, including a
growing list of US tech firms.

YouTube´s guidelines “prohibit content
denying, minimizing or trivializing well-documented violent events, and we
remove content about Russia´s invasion in Ukraine that violates this
policy,” the video sharing platform said.

“In line with that, effective immediately, we are also
blocking YouTube channels associated with Russian state-funded media,
globally,” it added.

Content barred by YouTube includes denials of the invasion or
claims that it is a peacekeeping operation, the company said.

YouTube-parent Google had already stopped allowing ads on Google
properties and networks globally for advertisers based in Russia.

Google global affairs president Kent Walker said previously that
the internet giant had “paused the vast majority of our commercial
activities in Russia” but its free services such as search and YouTube continued
to operate there.

YouTube posts associated with the invasion of Ukraine that contain
what might be considered hate speech could be permitted if the content is
educational, artistic or scientific in nature, according to YouTube.

Russia restricted access on Friday to Instagram and launched a
criminal case against its owner Meta, as Moscow fired back at the tech giant
for allowing posts calling for violence against Russian forces.


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