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Russia accuses Google and YouTube of “terrorist” activities

“The activities of the YouTube administration are of a terrorist nature,” Russia said. (representation)

Moscow:

Russian regulators on Friday blamed U.S. technology giant Google and its affiliate video for “terrorist” activity on YouTube, the first step in banning possible access.

Russia has already blocked access to other technology giants around the world, including Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, and several independent media outlets.

Russian media regulator Roskomnadzor said YouTube users were “sharing advertisements with calls for the closure of rail communications between Russia and Belarus.”

Russia, in part, carried out a military operation against Ukraine last month from the north, through the territory of its ally Belarus.

“The activities of the YouTube administration are terrorist in nature and threaten the lives and health of Russian citizens,” Roskomnadzor was quoted as saying by Interfax news agency.

The observer denounced Google’s “clear anti-Russian stance” and called on the US company to “stop broadcasting anti-Russian videos as soon as possible”.

Russia launched a criminal case earlier this month against Meta, which owns Facebook and Instagram.

Russia is one of the most restricted countries in terms of press freedom and freedom of expression, but the situation has worsened in recent weeks since the Ukraine operation began on February 24.

(This story was not edited by NDTV staff and was automatically created from a union feed.)

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