March 26, 2023

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After Facebook, YouTube blocks Russian media channels RT and Sputnik across Europe

This ban applies to both media Instagram accounts.

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Western sanctions targeting Russia are also innumerable. Five days after the start of the invasion of Ukraine, the social networking site announced on Monday (February 28) that the Facebook pages of the Russian state media Russia Today (RT) and Sputnik have been made inaccessible to all European countries.

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This ban applies to both media Instagram accounts. “Many governments and the European Union have asked us to take further action.” Targeting the Moscow-controlled media, Meta Group head of public affairs Nick Clegg said Monday. This justified the choice to adapt to the social network “Exceptions to the Current Situation”. “We will continue to work closely with governments on this issue.”He added.

The Meta Group, which owns Facebook and Instagram, is not the only one taking such action. Social networking site TikTok reportedly made a similar decision on Monday The world. Now it’s YouTube’s turn, Tuesday, March 1st Block Russian media channels, Announced Company In an email sent to AFP. This “With immediate effect”Even if surgery is required “Some time to fully function”. “Our teams are constantly monitoring the situation 24 hours a day and act as quickly as possible.”YouTube added.

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On Sunday, European Commission President Ursula van der Leyen announced that both media outlets would be banned from broadcasting from the EU. “Lies” About the Moscow war in Ukraine. The RT France channel immediately announced its intention to challenge the ban in court.