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YouTube Drops RT, Kremlin Blocks Instagram as Media Rift Deepens

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Social Media's Role in Times of War

YouTube said it will expand its blockade of Russian state-controlled media outlets RT and Sputnik on its video-streaming platform globally, and took other steps to unravel financial ties with Russia as the country’s invasion of Ukraine intensifies.

The world’s largest video-sharing site, owned by Alphabet Inc.’s Google, will also prevent creators in Russia from making money through its platform. The company will take down all videos about the invasion that violate its policies, including graphic content, misinformation and hate speech, according to a YouTube tweet.