YouTube, Netflix, TikTok and Microsoft block Russian propaganda channels – Internet – Tecnoblog

Russian President Vladimir Putin has been trying to justify the invasion of Ukraine through disinformation and propaganda, conveyed forcefully through the state media. Therefore, channels like Russia Today (RT), Sputnik e TASS are being blocked by different platforms, including Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, TikTok, Netflix and even Microsoft.

YouTube and Netflix on screen (Image: yousafbhutta / Pixabay)

the case of Netflix it’s very interesting. A new law in Russia requires streaming services with more than 100,000 subscribers to broadcast 20 Russian channels, including Channel One – which is government-funded and has been aligning with the Kremlin’s narrative of the Ukraine invasion.

This law has not yet fully taken effect, and a Netflix spokesperson tells the The Verge that the company does not plan to broadcast the local channels: “given the current situation, we have no plans to add these channels to our service”.

And how the Microsoft did it end up on this list? Is that the company distributes content through the MSN portal and Bing (remember, Google search competitor?).

Microsoft Start, including MSN, licenses media content, but will no longer display news from RT e Sputnik. These Russian channels will also not be able to use Microsoft’s ad network.

Bing will still display links from RT e Sputnik, but will give them less priority in search results, to ensure they appear only when someone clearly wants to visit them. The official app of RT will also be hidden from the Windows app store.

In turn, the YouTube applied a restriction that should have an even greater impact: the RT claims to be “the most watched news network” on Google’s video platform, but is now blocked in the European Union. This also goes for Sputnik.

“Due to the ongoing war in Ukraine, we are blocking YouTube channels linked to the RT e Sputnik across Europe with immediate effect. It will take some time for our systems to fully apply this change.”

Google Europe via Twitter

Europeans who try to access videos from the RT e Sputnik on YouTube come across a warning that “this channel is not available in your country”:

YouTube page says in English that
“This channel is not available in your country” (Image: Playback / YouTube / TechCrunch)

TikTok, Twitter and Reddit impose limits

Meta blocked the official pages of the RT e Sputnik no Facebook and Instagram this Monday (28); the restriction applies to users throughout the European Union. Profiles will not be viewable in the region, but are still available in other countries such as Brazil.

“We have received requests from a number of governments and the EU to take further action on Russian state media,” said Nick Clegg, vice president of global affairs at Meta, no Twitter. “Given the exceptional nature of the current situation, we will restrict access to RT and Sputnik across the EU at this time.”

O TikTok did the same: the profiles of the Sputnik e RT no longer appear to the public in the European Union.

Since Monday, the Twitter labels links from RT e TASS to make it clear that these news sites are affiliated with the Russian government.

For example, if you post a link to an article on RTa notice appears at the top with an orange exclamation point saying that “this tweet is linked to a media site affiliated with the state of Russia”.

Since the invasion of Ukraine, links to Russian state media have been shared more than 45,000 times a day on Twitter. So says Yoel Roth, head of integrity at the social network; he also promises that the company seeks to “significantly reduce the circulation of this content.”

And we have the Reddit, which quarantined the r/Russia community. Anyone who tries to access it finds the warning that the subreddit contains “a high volume of information not supported by reliable sources”.

The r/RussiaPolitics subreddit, created a few days ago to discuss topics related to the invasion of Ukraine, is also in quarantine.

When a subreddit is quarantined, it will not appear in searches, recommendations, or general feeds like r/Popular or r/All. The idea is to limit the reach on the platform.

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