The global reach of the Russian state-backed RT and Sputnik news channels is getting thinner and thinner.
YouTube has now said it blocks stores across Europe – including the UK – following Russia’s invasion of Europe.
“Due to the ongoing war in Ukraine, we are blocking YouTube channels connected to RT and Sputnik across Europe, effective immediately,” Google Europe said in a statement posted on Twitter. “It will take time for our system to fully evolve. Our teams continue to monitor the situation around the clock to take swift action.”
Shortly after the announcement was made, RT was not accessible from YouTube in the UK
The move follows a series of swift actions taken against RT and Sputnik – which many believe have become the mouthpiece of Vladimir Putin and the Kremlin – since the conflict broke out this week. prior to.
Over the weekend, the European Union said it was blocking the channels, part of a broader plan to ban the “Kremlin media machine” from the continent, according to European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen. The Canadian TV giant later pulled RT from its TV listings, while on Monday the UK’s media regulator Ofcom said it had opened 15 investigations into this channel about violation of objectivity. RT is still available on UK TV.