YouTube declares war on videos and channel operators who deny the Russian invasion of Ukraine. The video platform blocked Russian state media channels like RT and Sputnik around the world.
The company’s policies “prohibit content that denies, downplays or trivializes well-documented violent events,” YouTube said Friday night. “In accordance with this, we are also blocking YouTube channels associated with Russian state-funded media around the world, effective immediately.”
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Additionally, YouTube will now remove content about the Russian invasion of Ukraine “that violates this policy.” These included denials of the invasion or claims that it was a peacekeeping mission. Videos are only allowed to contain hate speech if the content is “educational in nature” or serves a “documentary, scientific, or artistic purpose.”
The Google group subsidiary initially only blocked Russian state media in Europe last week. The EU had previously imposed a ban on broadcasters RT and Sputnik.
The Russian government in Moscow sees the move as censorship. In the Russian media there is talk of a “special operation” in connection with the war in Ukraine, the word “war” cannot be used. Spreading alleged false information now faces a prison sentence of up to 15 years. AFP/Tsp