Russia has reportedly demanded that YouTube lift restrictions imposed on channels run by RT, Sputnik and other Russian media outlets at the request of the Ukrainian government.
CNN reports that on February 26, YouTube blocked access to some Russian media outlets within Ukraine; The company also stopped running ads on videos uploaded by those channels.
YouTube spokeswoman Ivy Choi told CNN that the company is “withholding the ability of many channels to monetize YouTube, including several Russian channels affiliated with the recent sanctions,” and “importantly making recommendations for these channels”. are limited.”
Ukraine’s Deputy Prime Minister Mykhailo Fedorov confirmed that he had asked Google to make these changes (among others) in the following tweet:
Reuters reports Russia’s media regulator Roskomnadzor sent a letter to Google demanding that YouTube lift those restrictions and restore access to channels within Ukraine.
Google did not immediately respond to a request for comment seeking more information about the content of Roskomnadzor’s letter or how YouTube plans to respond to the regulator’s demands.
But it looks like YouTube won’t be the only Alphabet-owned company attracting the wrath of the Russian government. Reuters reports that, following another request from the Ukrainian government, Google has removed the RT News app from the Google Play Store in the country.