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YouTube at Risk of Russia Ban After Facebook Deemed Illegal

  • Video site bans Russian military account in latest tiff
  • Google has removed some staff from Russia but kept up services
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YouTube Is Also at Risk After Russia's Facebook Ban
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Google, one of the few American corporate giants still operating in Russia, is poised to lose one of its biggest footholds in the country as tensions with the Kremlin continue to escalate.

Alphabet Inc.’s Google shut its advertising business in Russia while maintaining its popular consumer services, such as YouTube. But the video service has become a significant source of tension with the government. YouTube banned a channel from Russia’s Ministry of Defense, according to an internal document reviewed by Bloomberg -- the latest in a series of actions that Googlers expect to trigger a shutdown in the country.