YouTube blocks Russian parliament channel, draws angry response from officials
YouTube posted a message Saturday saying that the Duma channel was “terminated due to a violation YouTube’s Terms and Service”.
YouTube, which is owned by Alphabet Inc, was under pressure from Russian communications regulator Roskomnadzor, and officials responded quickly.
YouTube signed its warrant, as you can see. Save content and transfer it to Russian platforms. “Hurry up,” Maria Zakharova, a spokeswoman for the foreign ministry, said via the Telegram messaging system.
According to the communications watchdog, Google was requested to immediately restore access for Duma channels.
Roskomnadzor stated that the American IT company “adopts a strongly anti-Russian position during the information war launched by the West against our nation.”
Google didn’t immediately respond to Reuters’ request for comment.
Vyacheslav Volodin (the speaker of the Duma) stated that YouTube’s actions were further evidence of Washington’s rights and freedom violations.
“The USA wants a monopoly in promoting information. It cannot happen,” Volodin stated on Telegram.
Russia has already blocked access to Twitter and Meta Platforms’ flagships Facebook, Instagram and Twitter since it sent thousands of troops into Ukraine in February 24.
Russia tried to ban Telegram’s messaging app in the past, but it was lifted mid-2020.
Roskomnadzor stated that the app’s Russian creator, Pavel Durov was willing to work with them in fighting terrorism and extremism.