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Amid Ukraine crisis, YouTube halts monetization for some Russian channels


Countries around the world issued sweeping sanctions against Russian businesses, banks and officials after Moscow invaded Ukraine on Thursday.

Amid Ukraine crisis, YouTube halts monetization for some Russian channels

YouTube channels make money through ads that appear when users watch their videos.

Washington, United States of America:

YouTube announced on Saturday that it would block some Russian channels from monetizing their videos, due to Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine, among other sanctions.

“In light of the extraordinary circumstances in Ukraine, we are taking a number of actions,” a spokesperson for a Google subsidiary said in a statement on Saturday.

“Our teams have begun to block the ability to monetize certain channels on YouTube, including RT’s YouTube channel,” the spokesperson said, referring to a Russian state-funded news outlet.

YouTube channels make money through ads that appear when users watch their videos.

Facebook also announced on Friday that it would ban Russian state media from running ads and monetizing through its platform.

Countries around the world issued sweeping sanctions against Russian businesses, banks and officials after Moscow invaded Ukraine on Thursday.

“As always, our team is closely monitoring for new developments, including evaluating what any new restrictions and export controls may mean for YouTube,” a spokesperson for the platform said.

In addition to restricting monetization, YouTube said it would limit recommendations to those same channels and would continue to “actively include official news content” in search results relating to Russia and Ukraine.

The company said videos from RT and several other channels would also be “banned” by YouTube.

In early February, Germany banned RT, prompting Russia to shut down the Moscow bureau of German media outlet Deutsche-Well.

RT, created in 2005 under the name “Russia Today”, is regularly accused by Western authorities of contributing to propaganda.

YouTube noted that over the past few days it has removed hundreds of channels, some of them for “coordinated deceptive practices,” a term the company uses to refer to propaganda.

(Except for the title, this story has not been edited by UttarPradeshLive.Com staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)

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