With Putin’s Russia awash in fake news and propaganda about its war in Ukraine (which is going very, very badly; the Russian defense minister has “disappeared,” too), social media and streaming services remain some of the few remaining ways to reach the population with the truth.
Word is that the regime is thinking about banning YouTube and YouTube Music as a way of further throttling outside information. Digital Music News reports this quote from YouTube: “Our policies prohibit content denying, minimizing, or trivializing well-documented violent events, including Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.” This follows YouTube’s ban of a channel maintained by the Russian Ministry of Defense. That pissed off the Kremlin.
Facebook and Instagram are already banned. Twitter is restricted. Could YouTube be next?