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EU bans Russian propaganda

Russian state-owned media Russia Today and Sputnik banned from EU

The state-owned Russia Today and Sputnik, and their subsidiaries, will be blocked from EU territory, Ursula von der Leyen announced, as part of the sanctions against Russia.

“We will ban the Kremlin’s media machine in the EU. The state-owned Russia Today and Sputnik, and their subsidiaries, will no longer be able to spread their lies to justify Putin’s war. We are developing tools to ban their toxic and harmful disinformation in Europe”, the President of the EU Commission announced.


Russia’s state communications regulator Roskomnadzor wrote to Google on Sunday demanding access to Russian media’s YouTube channels be restored on Ukrainian territory, The Guardian reports.

YouTube shut down the accounts used by pro-Russian, including RBC, TV Zvezda and Sputnik, separatists in eastern Ukraine, the platform has confirmed. A number of channels linked to the separatists were inaccessible with YouTube saying this is “due to non-compliance with YouTube community rules”.

YouTube also announced that it is suspending ad monetization of several Russian state media channels including RT. The company is also limiting recommendations to those channels and blocking them entirely in Ukraine at the request of the Ukrainian government.

“We are actively monitoring new developments and we take further steps if necessary”, Google spokesman Michael Aciman said.

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