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YouTube is now blocking Russia state-affiliated media globally

2022-03-11 16:43 by
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In a further expansion of its policy responses to Russia's war in Ukraine, YouTube has said it's now blocking Kremlin-backed media outlets globally - not just in Europe where two Russia state-affiliated channels, Russia Today (RT) and Sputnik, along with their subsidiaries, were sanctioned by the European Union last week.

Russian state media has been pushing articles and coverage painting Ukraine as an aggressor and nuclear threat since before troops moved into the country late last month.

"Our Community Guidelines prohibit content denying, minimizing or trivializing well-documented violent events," YouTube said in a statement Friday. "We are now removing content about Russia's invasion in Ukraine that violates this policy. In line with that, we are also now blocking access to YouTube channels associated with Russian state-funded media globally, expanding from across Europe."

YouTube added that when people search for topics on Russia and Ukraine, "our systems prominently surface authoritative news content in both our Top News and Breaking News shelves, and will continue to as needed." It also displays information panels underneath videos from news publishers with government funding.

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