After 12 hours of campaign and over 25,000 posts in support, YouTube unblocks WION. technology news

new Delhi: After 12 hours of campaign and over 25,000 posts in support, YouTube on Saturday (March 26, 2022) backed and unblocked India’s first global news network WION.

WION, which has condemned the Russian offensive and ensured that its reporting is balanced and that both sides of the story are reported, was blocked by the tech giant on March 22.

YouTube had a problem with a video from WION that was uploaded on March 10 and showed two live speeches – one by Ukraine’s Foreign Minister Dmitry Kuleba and the other by Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.

On March 22, WION received a message from YouTube saying it was blocking the channel from posting any videos and that the videos violated YouTube’s Community Guidelines.

WION then made an appeal to YouTube which was denied, following which the news channel wrote to the video-sharing platform seeking clarification.

“Our Community Guidelines prohibit content that denies, minimizes or trivializes well-documented violent incidents, including the Russian invasion of Ukraine,” YouTube responded.

“Under this policy, we have removed content, for example, denying that Russia has invaded Ukraine or alleging that Ukrainian victims are distressed actors,” YouTube said.

In the video, Sergei Lavrov said, “As far as your question is concerned are we planning to attack other countries. We are not planning to attack other countries. We didn’t even attack Ukraine. which is a direct threat to the security of the Russian Federation.”

However, these were spoken by the Russian Foreign Minister and not by WION.

Following this, Palki Sharma, Executive Editor of WION, raised the issue in her show ‘Gravitas’ on Friday (March 25) and the campaign #YouTubeUnblockWION went viral on Twitter. The channel received nearly 25,000 tweets in support overnight, which eventually led to WION being unblocked by YouTube.

“WION broadcast the statement of the Russian Foreign Minister just as the statement of the Ukrainian Minister was carried out. WION ensures that the report reaches every corner of the world and is easily accessible to all and that it reflects your opinion. Please inform,” the news channel said.

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