YouTube RT blocks other Russian channels from earning advertising dollars. technology news

New Delhi: YouTube on Saturday blocked Russian state-owned media outlet RT and other Russian channels from receiving money for advertisements that accompany their videos, a move by Facebook following the invasion of Ukraine.

Citing “extraordinary circumstances”, YouTube said it was “withholding the ability of many channels to monetize YouTube, including several Russian channels affiliated with recent sanctions” such as the European Union. Ad placement is largely controlled by YouTube.

The European Union on Wednesday announced sanctions on individuals including Margarita Simonyan, whom it described as RT’s editor-in-chief and “a central figure” of Russian propaganda.

YouTube spokesman Farshad Shadlu said videos from affected channels would also fall short of recommendations. He said that RT and many other channels would no longer be available in Ukraine due to the request of the Ukrainian government.

Ukraine’s Minister of Digital Transformation Mykhailo Fedorov tweeted earlier on Saturday that he had “contacted YouTube to block promotional Russian channels such as Russia24, TASS, RIA Novosti.”

RT and Simonian did not respond to requests for comment. YouTube declined to name the other channels it had banned.

For years, lawmakers and some users have called on YouTube, which is owned by Alphabet Inc.’s Google, to take greater action against channels with ties to the Russian government out of concern that they are misinformation. spread and should not profit from it.

Digital researcher Omelas told Reuters at the time that Russia received an estimated $7 million to $32 million from ads for 26 YouTube channels in the two-year period ending December 2018.

YouTube has previously said that it does not treat state-funded media channels that follow its rules in any way compared to other channels when it comes to sharing advertising revenue. Read also: The Russo-Ukraine War: Here’s How The Ukrainian IT Military Aims To Take Over Russian Cyberspace

Facebook owner Meta Platforms Inc on Friday barred Russian state media from running ads on its services or generating revenue from ads anywhere in the world. Read also: Redeem codes for Garena Free Fire MAX today, February 27: See how to claim rewards

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