YouTube takes down content related to Russia-Ukraine conflict
(MENAFN) In line with The Guardian, YouTube has removed more than 9,000 channels and 70,000 videos associated to the conflict in Ukraine for violating content rules.
Previously in 2022, Russia blocked other popular social media platforms including Facebook and Instagram.
However, YouTube has sustained working in the nation regardless of presenting content from opposition statistics and cracking down on pro-Kremlin content.
Since February, YouTube has removed numerous channels including that of pro-Kremlin journalist Vladimir Solovyov, and provisionally blocked channels related with Russia’s defense and foreign ministries.
Neal Mohan, head product officer of YouTube, stated to The Guardian that “We have a major violent events policy and that applies to things like denial of major violent events: everything from the Holocaust to Sandy Hook. And of course, what’s happening in Ukraine is a major violent event. And so we’ve used that policy to take unprecedented action.”
He also stated that YouTube is “the largest video-sharing site up and running in Russia itself,” and is a place where “Russian citizens can get uncensored information about the war.”
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