Russia Threatens to Block Youtube over Alleged Censorship

Russia threatened to block YouTube and other major U.S. social media platforms for allegedly “censoring” content from Russian state media.

Russia threatened to block YouTube and other major U.S. social media platforms for allegedly “censoring” content from Russian state media.

Senior lawmakers from the ruling party have submitted a draft proposal that would allow prosecutors, in consultation with the Foreign Ministry, to designate foreign Internet platforms as breaching Russians’ rights by restricting content.

The said proposal could impose fines, as well as partial or total limits on access to the said US platforms in Russia.

According to the proposal,  YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter have “censored” the accounts of Russian state-run news outlets including RT, RIA Novosti, and Crimea 24 since April 2020. 

“Discriminatory actions against Russian clients of these services have taken place. This must be countered,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said regarding the draft.

The submission of the draft came just after state media regulator Roskomnadzor demanded YouTube remove restrictions supposedly placed on programmes produced by the prominent state TV propagandist Vladimir Solovyev.  

According to Roskomnadzor, Solovyev’s channel no longer appears in trending lists.

“Great, let them pass the bill as soon as possible and everyone will finally install VPN proxy servers,” reacted Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny on his Twitter. 


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