Russian news channel RT to stream YouTube-like Rumble after Big Tech restrictions

Rumble is a popular video site among American political conservatives, and is also expected to feature video for Donald Trump’s Truth Social app.

Russia’s state-controlled news network RT said on Thursday it would start broadcasting on Rumble, a YouTube-like video site, after tech companies such as Meta Platforms and Twitter restricted access to RT following to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

In recent days, tech companies have moved to restrict Russian state-controlled media, including RT and Sputnik, in response to demands from governments and calls to prevent the spread of Russian propaganda. Russia has called its actions in Ukraine a “special operation”.

Streaming media company Roku has removed the app for RT from its Roku Channel Store globally, a spokesperson said.

Facebook owner Meta said on Tuesday it was globally downgrading the content of Facebook pages and Instagram accounts of Russian state-controlled media.

Rumble is a popular video site among American political conservatives. In December, former US President Donald Trump’s media company, Trump Media and Technology Group, said Rumble would provide video and streaming for Truth Social, the company’s social media app which was launched on the Apple App Store on January 21. – Rappler.com

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