Russia accuses YouTube of censorship and proposes national platforms to replace it

Russian communications regulator Roskomnadzor today proposed the creation of national video platforms to replace YouTube, due to the alleged "censorship" of the American service to Russian media.

“We draw the attention of the Russian media to the need to maintain information channels on national video platforms. We ask the main technology companies to help our media to create and popularize them, ”the Federal Service for Supervision of Communications, Information Technology and the Mass Media of Russia (Roskomnadzor) released today in a statement. ), quoted by the EFE news agency.

This proposal was made after the Russian communications regulator accused Google of imposing on YouTube “a total veto” on the creation of channels by the news agency ANNA News.

"A specific policy of censorship in relation to Russian media is unacceptable and violates the fundamental principles of a free dissemination of information and unimpeded access to it," said Roskomnadzor, in the same note.

This is not the first time that the Russian communications oversight agency has accused major American Internet multinationals of making it difficult for Russian media to access their platforms.

In October, the supervisor claimed that Google, Facebook and Twitter “restrict access to materials from about 20 Russian media outlets”, including the state agency RIA Novosti, the Kremlin state media abroad Russia Today and Sputnik, as well as Rossía 1.

This month, a group of Duma deputies (Lower House) proposed amendments to a law to introduce sanctions against Internet platforms that "discriminate" against Russian media.

They also propose that Roskomnadzor may partially or totally block access to those platforms.

The Attorney General's Office, in conjunction with the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, would have the role of deciding which media are "discriminated" by US multinationals and which would therefore be blocked.

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