Nine thousand channels, which, in particular, called the invasion of Ukraine a “liberation mission”, have been removed from the Youtube platform.
YouTube Product Director Neil Mohan spoke about this in an interview with the British newspaper The Guardian .
There were about 70,000 commercials on the remote channels, in which Russian narratives were distributed. Among the deleted ones is the channel of the Kremlin propagandist Vladimir Solovyov.
“Our first and probably most important responsibility is to make sure that people who are looking for information about this event [invasion of Ukraine] can get accurate, high-quality, reliable information on YouTube,” said Neil Mohan. “The views of reputable channels on our platform have grown significantly – in Ukraine, of course, but also in the countries surrounding Ukraine, Poland, and also in Russia itself.”
Despite the tough pro-Ukrainian position of the administration of the service, the abolition of monetization and advertising targeting, restrictions on the channels of the Ministry of Defense and MFA, the Russian authorities did not block Youtube.
This video hosting is still very popular in the aggressor country, and remains one of the few remaining channels for the distribution of reliable and independent information in Russia.