YouTube may be blocked in Russia by the end of next week
After blocking Instagram and Facebook, Russia now eyes YouTube.
By the end of next week - or even later today - YouTube is expected to be banned in Russia, as per Russian media regulator, Roskomnadzor.
"Most likely, YouTube will be blocked by the end of next week ... I assume this with a high degree of probability. I know that it was supposed to be blocked last week, but Meta [scandal] happened, and I am sure that the blockage was simply postponed so that it was not all at once," the source said.
The same source revealed that the decision could come as early as Friday.
This announcement comes following YouTube deleting then restoring a documentary about Ukraine.
Silicon Valley has been actively participating in the war against Russia, with Meta allowing the publication of calls for violence against the Russian military on its social media platforms amid the military operation in Ukraine.
"This is really sick and evil. Zuckerberg thinks it's ok to threaten murder and violence on his platforms. Violence and hate against others should never be allowed! Boycott Facebook and Instagram! Share this post! Say #NOtoMETA," some users posted on Instagram.
Boycott Facebook and Instagram #hatespeech pic.twitter.com/MHpo2uCQc3— Catherine Agnew (@catiagnew) March 11, 2022
On March 14, Russian authorities blocked Instagram; in parallel, on March 4, Roskomnadzor blocked access to Facebook, which Meta owns.