YouTube And Facebook Ban Russian Broadcaster RT From Making Money

Things are escalating when it comes to companies banning anything related to Russia. The latest example is that state owned media outlet RT has been banned from making money from YouTube and Facebook:

Citing “extraordinary circumstances,” YouTube said that it was “pausing a number of channels’ ability to monetize on YouTube, including several Russian channels affiliated with recent sanctions” such as the European Union’s. Ad placement is largely controlled by YouTube.

The EU on Wednesday announced sanctions on individuals including Margarita Simonyan, whom it described as RT’s editor-in-chief and “a central figure” of Russian propaganda.

Videos from the affected channels also will come up less often in recommendations, YouTube spokesperson Farshad Shadloo said. He added that RT and several other channels would no longer be accessible in Ukraine due to a Ukrainian government request.

And:

Meta Platforms Inc, owner of Facebook, on Friday barred Russian state media from running ads or generating revenue from ads on its services anywhere in the world.

One thing that I will say it that this is about more than money. The fact that videos will be recommended less means that Russian propaganda won’t be seen as often. That’s going to hurt as well. Hopefully there are other ways that tech companies can hurt the Russians.

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