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YouTube banned Russian state media RT and other Russian channels from receiving money for ads shown with their videos, similar to a decision by Facebook, after the invasion of Ukraine . Citing “extraordinary circumstances,” YouTube said in a statement that it was “interrupting the ability of a number of channels to monetize on YouTube, including several Russian channels affiliated with recent sanctions.” Ad placement is largely controlled by YouTube. Videos from affected channels will also appear less often in recommendations, YouTube spokesman Farshad Shadloo said on Saturday. He added that RT and several other channels would no longer be accessible in Ukraine due to “a government request”. Ukraine’s Digital Minister Mykhailo Fedorov tweeted earlier on Saturday that he had contacted YouTube “to block Russian propaganda channels, such as Russia 24, TASS, RIA Novosti”. RT did not immediately respond to a request for comment. YouTube did not name the other channels it restricted. For years, lawmakers and some users have called on YouTube, which is owned by Alphabet’s Google, to take stronger action against channels linked to the Russian government, fearing they are spreading false information and should be taken from it. benefit. Russia received around $7 million (A$9.7 million) to $32 million (A$44 million) over the two-year period ending December 2018 through advertisements on 26 YouTube channels that ‘she was supporting, said digital researcher Omelas. YouTube has previously said it does not treat state-funded media channels that comply with its rules any differently than other channels when it comes to ad revenue sharing. Meta Platforms, which owns Facebook, on Friday banned Russian state media from serving ads or generating revenue from ads on its services anywhere in the world. Australian Associated Press

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