YouTube has taken down over 70,000 videos and 9,000 channels featuring information connected to the Ukraine war due to content restrictions. The firm has also blacklisted channels linked with Russian media organizations, such as Russia Today (RT) and Sputnik.
YouTube is a popular video streaming site in Russia, with an estimated 90 million members. The site continued to operate even after the invasion of Ukraine when other internet businesses and platforms in the region shut down.
According to The Guardian, the platform has begun removing pro-Kremlin content from its site owing to content guidelines breaches.
“We have a significant violent events policy,” said Neal Mohan, YouTube’s chief product officer, “and it extends to things like denial of large violent events: everything from the Holocaust to Sandy Hook.” And, of course, the situation in Ukraine is a massive violent incident. As a result, we’ve taken unprecedented action as a result of that policy.”
In an interview with the site, he also stated that information related to the Ukraine-Russia war had received over 40 million views in Ukraine alone.
“The first and probably most crucial job is to ensure that individuals who are searching for information about this incident can access accurate, high-quality, reputable information on YouTube,” he stated when discussing YouTube’s crackdown on such content. The consumption of authoritative channels on our platform has increased dramatically, not just in Ukraine, but also in neighboring countries such as Poland and Russia.”
Mohan discusses YouTube’s prominence in Russia as the most popular video-sharing platform, describing it as “a location where Russian civilians may acquire unfiltered information about the conflict, even from many of the same authoritative outlets that we all have access to outside of the nation.” As the situation continues to unfold, we remain a vital forum for Russian citizens.”
Despite content disagreements and punishment for failing to remove prohibited materials, Russian Minister of Digital Development Maksut Shadaev failed to shut down YouTube last week. Despite the fact that YouTube would harm individuals, he announced in a statement that he will not restrict it.
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