Russian media watchdog Roskomnadzor on Wednesday threatened to limit entry to YouTube after the video-sharing platform blocked two German-language channels of state broadcaster RT.
The transfer comes amid an escalating standoff between international tech giants and the Kremlin as Russia seeks higher management over content material obtainable on-line to its home viewers.
The US video-sharing platform instructed German media on Tuesday that it had issued a warning to RT for violating its coronavirus disinformation pointers after which shuttered two channels for breaching consumer phrases.
Roskomnadzor mentioned it had despatched a letter to YouTube’s proprietor Google “demanding that each one restrictions be lifted” from the 2 channels – RT DE and Der Fehlende Half – “as quickly as potential.”
It added that the restrictions “violate the important thing ideas of free dissemination of knowledge” and are an “act of censorship towards Russian media”.
Roskomandzor mentioned YouTube may very well be issued with a warning and “the regulation gives for measures of full or partial restriction of entry” if such warnings are ignored.
Earlier on Wednesday, Russia’s international ministry accused YouTube of an “unprecedented act of media aggression” which it mentioned was doubtless aided by German authorities.
“The adoption of symmetrical retaliatory measures towards German media in Russia… appears not solely acceptable, but additionally essential,” the ministry mentioned in a press release.
“We consider these measures are the one potential solution to stimulate our companions’ curiosity in a constructive and significant dialogue round this unacceptable scenario,” it mentioned.
Russia has lately been ramping up strain on international tech giants because it seeks higher controls over content material obtainable on-line to its home viewers.
Forward of parliamentary elections this month, Russia’s media watchdog blocked dozens of internet sites linked to Navalny, whose organisations have been banned in Russia underneath “extremism” laws.
Courts have slapped non-compliant platforms, together with Twitter, Google and Fb, with a collection of fines and in March began throttling the pace of Twitter’s providers.
(FRANCE 24 with AFP)