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In a move that threatens to completely stop the service on Russian soil, Moscow asked Alphabet-owned Google on Friday to stop posting what it described as threats to Russian citizens on its YouTube platform.
Russian state communications regulator Roskomnadzor said the YouTube ads called for the suspension of communications systems on Russian and Belarusian rail networks and that their publication was proof of the US tech giant’s anti-Russian stance.
The authority did not specify which accounts were running these ads, according to Reuters.
Threatening their life and health
He also added that “the actions of the YouTube administration threaten the life and health of Russian citizens”. He stressed that “Roskomnadzor is categorically against such advertising campaigns and urges Google to stop broadcasting anti-Russian videos as soon as possible”.
On the contrary, the representatives of Google in Russia did not immediately respond to a request for comment sent via e-mail. Google representatives outside of Russia also did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
YouTube, which suspended the broadcast of the media funded by the Russian state globally, it is under severe pressure from the state communications regulator and Russian politicians.
The latest episode in a series of skirmishes
Interestingly, this was the latest episode in a series of skirmishes between Moscow and foreign tech companies over Ukraine.
Moscow ditched Instagram this week after suspending access to Facebook for what it described as restrictions the platform is placing on media Russians, in reaction to the owner of the company, Meta Platforms, which allows users of the platforms to social media in Ukraine to publish post anti-Russian messages.
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