The Russian communications regulator, Roskomnadzor, has proposed the creation of national video platforms to replace YouTube due to the alleged censorship of this service to Russian media.
“We draw attention to the Russian media about the need to maintain information channels on national video platforms. We ask leading technology companies to help our media to create and popularize them,” the Russian supervisor said in a statement.
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Roskomnadzor made this proposal after accusing Google on Saturday of having imposed “a complete veto” on YouTube on the creation of channels by “ANNA News”.
“A specific policy of censorship in relation to the Russian media is unacceptable and violates the fundamental principles of free dissemination of information and unimpeded access to it,” the Russian regulator said in its statement.
The communications regulator points out up to 20 Russian media discriminated against.
It is not the first time that Russia’s communications supervisory agency has accused large US internet multinationals of making it difficult for Russian media to access their platforms.
Last October it argued that Google, Facebook and Twitter “restrict access to materials from about 20 Russian media,” including the state agency RIA Novosti, the Kremlin Russia Today and Sputnik state media abroad, as well as Rossía 1.
This one is not the first clash between Russia and American Internet platforms.
This month a group of deputies from the Duma, Russia’s Lower House, proposed amendments to a law to introduce sanctions against Internet platforms that “discriminate” against Russian media.
They also propose that Roskomnadzor can partially or totally block access to them for this reason.
The Attorney General’s Office, together with the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, would decide in advance which Russian media suffers “discrimination” from the American giants.