YouTube suspends monetization of videos in Russia

YouTube will support sanctions against Russia (Image: Reuters/Lucy Nicholson/File Photo)

Youtube Also join the block “Sanctions” against Russia for invading Ukraine, Well, starting from February 26 Disable monetization on videos from Russia Today (RT), as well as other state media.

The Minister of Digital Transformation of Ukraine, Mikhailo Fedorov, announced the YouTube known action through his Twitter account.

“YouTube has stopped monetizing Russia Today channels.”

Adds action to The policy applied by social networks such as Facebook After the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

YouTube will stop monetizing Russian channels (Image: Pixabay)
YouTube will stop monetizing Russian channels (Image: Pixabay)

According to a statement compiled by Interfax, YouTube said:

“In light of the exceptional circumstances in Ukraine, we are taking a series of measures. We have suspended the ability to monetize some YouTube channelsin particular, the various Russian channels linked to the recent sanctions.

This measure was adopted “in response to a request from the Ukrainian government regarding RT and many other channels in Ukraine”. “We will restrict recommendations to these channels The statement concluded, according to Interfax, his statement, “and we will continue to monitor the situation, given the possibility that we will have to take further measures.”

YouTube has specified that this measure will apply to RT channels around the world. It is worth noting that the platform generates revenue by activating ads in videos.

YouTube app (Image: REUTERS / Dado Ruvic / Illustration)
YouTube app (Image: REUTERS / Dado Ruvic / Illustration)

In early February, Germany banned RT on its territory, prompting Moscow to close the Moscow office of German broadcaster Deutsche Welle.

RT was created in 2005 as “Russia Today”, funded by the Russian state and currently has stations and web pages in several languages ​​such as English, French, Spanish, German and Arabic.

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Friday, February 25th Facebook restricted Russian state media’s ability to make money On the social media platform, Moscow’s invasion of neighboring Ukraine hit the streets of Kiev.

“Currently We ban Russian state media from showing ads or monetizing our platform anywhere in the world.”Nathaniel Gleicher, the social media giant’s head of security policy, said on Twitter.

File photo caption for the Facebook logo (Photo: REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/)
File photo caption for the Facebook logo (Photo: REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/)

Added to Facebook It will continue to apply restrictions to other Russian state media“.

Facebook’s parent company Meta said Friday that Russia will impose restrictions on its services after refusing orders from authorities to stop using fact-checking tools and content warning signs on its platforms.

Gleicher said Facebook has set up a special operations center to monitor the situation.

Social networks have become one of the fronts of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, Home to sometimes misinformation, but also real-time tracking of a rapidly unfolding conflict that represents Europe’s largest geopolitical crisis in decades.

The Facebook logo (Photo: REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration)
The Facebook logo (Photo: REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration)

“Yesterday, the Russian authorities ordered us to stop independent fact-checking and categorization of content posted on Facebook by four Russian state media organizations,” Meta’s Nick Clegg said in a statement. “We refuse.”

His statement came hours after the Russian media regulator announced that restrict access to facebook, The American technology giant is accused of censorship and violation of the rights of Russian citizens.

In recent days, the social network has become one of the main ways Russians express their dissatisfaction with Vladimir Putin’s decision to invade Ukraine. Some protests were also called in Russian cities that ended with dozens of people being arrested via Facebook.

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(With information from Europa Press and international agencies)

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