Russia has threatened to block YouTube if it does not return. Two Russian-backed German-language channels that have been removed. For violating Covid’s false information guideline.
Russia newscaster Roskomnadzor has accused YouTube of pressure.
The agency “demanded” the return of the channels.
It comes as YouTube also expands its incorrect information policies. To cover all applicable policies, not just Covid’s.
The technology company said the measles, mumps.
In the Russia controversy. RT DE had already received a warning from YouTube. For violating the coronavirus incorrect data guidelines.
During this time, RT used a second channel. Der Fehlende Part. To upload content that also violated these policies.
But this move could have consequences.
Internet service providers in Russia may restrict or restrict. The flow of data to websites, as mandated by the government.
The government used the force in March to block access to Twitter. After Roskomnadzor said it had failed to remove. An estimated 3,000 posts that allegedly contained restricted content.
In May, it also threatened to slow down YouTube by failing to remove “illegal” videos.
“YouTube has always had clear public guidelines.
Denying the existence of Covid and promoting the use of the unprotected. And potentially dangerous drugs.
Hydroxychloroquine and ivermectin.
Russian information war.
Review by Alistair Coleman, BBC Monitoring
For posting false information about Covid. And trying to avoid YouTube’s blockade. And distributing divisive content ahead of last week’s election.
Which has identified itself as an innocent victim of US. Sponsored Rusophobia. Trying to silence its voice abroad.
It also expresses its anger in unpredictable ways.
Suggesting that retaliatory measures are in line not only with YouTube. But also with German broadcasters in Russia.
We can expect at least some kind of action from Moscow. RT editor-in-chief Margarita Simonyan. A close friend of Vladimir Putin. Said she expected Moscow to “block Deutsche Welle and other German media”.
It’s a predictable dance for the government. And – increasingly – big tech companies. How far can they tolerate the false information of foreign broadcasters.
Gray line presentation
YouTube’s new False Information Act.
YouTube has said it has removed 130,000 pieces of content. Related to Covid vaccine information since last year. as part of a million videos removed by the Covid-related propaganda platform.