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Youtube Blocks RT, Sputnik across All Europe


Tue 01 Mar 2022 | 09:28 PM
Rana Atef

On Tuesday, Youtube blocked all state-owned Russian channels on the network, including Russia Today (RT), and Sputnik which back the Putin regime across all Europe as an aftermath of the Russian operation in Ukraine.

The giant video platform operated by Google said: "We are blocking the YouTube channels of RT and Sputnik in the whole of Europe with immediate effect. Our systems need a little time before being fully operational."

Previously, Facebook blocked all material posted by both leading Russian news websites and Russian mouth in Europe.

Early this week, Google blocked the services of the gaining revenues from ads for all Russian state-owned media agencies, the decision included Facebook and Youtube, NBC News reported on Sunday.

Alphabet Inc. Spokesperson Michael Aciman also announced that the Russian media platforms will not be able to buy any ads from google and its all services such as Gmail, and Google Tools.

In the same context, the management of “YouTube” announced that it has suspended several Russian channels from advertising revenue due to the events in Ukraine.

“In light of the events in Ukraine, we have decided to suspend monetization of a number of YouTube channels, including several Russian channels that were recently sanctioned,” the company said in its statement.

“YouTube has restricted access to our channel’s live broadcast, which is transmitted from a camera in Maidan Square in Ukraine … This video is not available on Ukrainian soil now,” the editor-in-chief of the Russian newspaper, RBC, said.

Russia’s media outlet RT and other channels were banned from monetization on YouTube, a similar move made by Facebook after the operation in Ukraine.