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YouTube Suspends Ads from Russian State Media, Limits RT Access

  • YouTube is immensely popular among pro-Kremlin broadcasters
  • EU has also banned Russia’s state-owned Sputnik and RT
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YouTube will stop running advertisements on channels from Russian state-backed media and certain other accounts included in sanctions over Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine.

The video giant, part of Alphabet Inc.’s Google, will restrict access to state-funded RT, formerly known as Russia Today, and “a number of other channels” in Ukraine, YouTube said in a statement Saturday night. It will also limit the ways its system recommends those videos to viewers.