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After YouTube & Facebook, Google Blocks Russian Media Platforms

New Delhi: Google on Saturday has blocked all the Russian state media from earning money on its platforms. This comes amid the Moscow’s Invasion on the Ukraine. 

It is following the similar by its YouTube subsidiary and Facebook.

A Google spokesperson in a statement has said, “In response to the war in Ukraine, we are pausing Google monetization of Russian state-funded media across our platforms.”

“We’re actively monitoring new developments and will take further steps if necessary.”

This move of Google was revealed after the YouTube announced that they would block certain Russian Media Channels from monetizing their videos, among other restrictions.

A YouTube spokesperson in a statement has said, “In light of extraordinary circumstances in Ukraine, we’re taking a number of actions.” “Our teams have started to pause the ability for certain channels to monetize on YouTube, including RT’s YouTube channels globally,” the spokesperson said, referring to the Russian state-funded news outlet.

On Friday, Facebook too had banned Russian state media from running ads and monetizing through its platform.

After Moscow invaded Ukraine, all the nations around the globe, have issued sanctions against Russian Businesses, Banks and officials.

“As always, our teams are continuing to monitor closely for new developments, including evaluating what any new sanctions and export controls may mean for YouTube,” the platform’s spokesperson said.

In addition the YouTube has also stated that it would limit recommendations to the same channels and is “continuing to actively surface authoritative news content” in Russia- and Ukraine-related search results.

Videos from RT and a number of other channels will also be “restricted” by YouTube, the company said.

In the beginning of February Germany had banned RT, amid prompting Russia to close the Moscow bureau of German media outlet Deutsche Welle.

YouTube noted that over the past few days it has removed hundreds of channels, including some for “coordinated deceptive practices,” the term the company uses for disinformation.

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