Owned by Google after Facebook and Instagram YouTube Tuesday also said it had blocked Russian news outlets RT (Previous Russia Today) and Sputnik Across Europe in response to Russia’s aggression in Ukraine.
Alphabet-owned company confirmed the news on Twitter.
“Due to the ongoing war in Ukraine, we are immediately blocking YouTube channels connected to RT and Sputnik across Europe. It will take time to completely ramp up our systems. Our teams are monitoring the situation around the clock, take swift action,” it posted.
EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said the bloc would ban the “Kremlin’s media machine”.
“State-owned Russia Today and Sputnik and their affiliates will no longer be able to propagate their lies to justify Putin’s war. We are building tools in Europe to ban their toxic and harmful illusions,” he said.
Before, Meta (Formerly Facebook) Russia’s state media outlets RT and Sputnik have been blocked across the European Union.
RT and Sputnik pages are no longer visible in the EU on Facebook and Instagram
Nick Clegg, president of Meter Global Affairs, said on Twitter: “We have received requests from several governments and the EU to take further action on Russia’s state-controlled media.”
“Given the exceptional nature of the current situation, we will be restricting access to RT and Sputnik across the EU at this time,” he posted late Monday.
The social network has also blocked Russian state media from advertising on the platform.
Meta had previously blocked access to several Russian state-controlled accounts in Ukraine. The social network said it was also reviewing requests from other governments to restrict access to these accounts in their country.
Injured by partial restrictions, Meta (formerly Facebook) banned Russian state media from running ads anywhere on the world or monetizing its platforms.
Meta has also removed a network targeting people in Ukraine who pretended to be news editors, aviation engineers and writers for spreading misinformation around the Russian attack across social media platforms.
People run websites as independent news organizations and create fake personalities across social media platforms, including Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, Telegram and Russian Odnoklassniki and VK apps, the agency said.
The operation runs some websites disguised as independent news outlets, with Westerners betraying Ukraine and claiming Ukraine as a failed state.