YouTube blocks Russian parliament channel

Russia accuses YouTube video platform of blocking the Russian Parliament channel Duma. Moscow says this will have consequences for YouTube.

The US company Alphabet, which includes Google and YouTube, stated that the reason behind the economic sanctions and the resulting trade rules, according to the Russian news agency Interfax. In response to the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the United States put the entire lower house of the Russian parliament on the sanctions list at the end of March.

State Duma Chairman Vyacheslav Volodin says that this violates the rights of Russians. The United States wants the exclusive right to release the information. We cannot allow that.

According to a Russian government spokesperson, YouTube is “digging its own grave.” There is a possibility that Russia will block access to Google. The country has already done so with Instagram and Facebook. A judge later ruled that Russians must still have access to social media.

Parliament channel broadcasts debates and interviews with deputies.

The video site blocked several Russian state channels in March. As a result, tensions between parent company Alphabet and Russia were already escalating.

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