MOSCOW, January 4. /TASS/. Russia’s telecommunications watchdog is considering the possibility of imposing economic restrictions on YouTube over its blocking of Russian media channels, including the RT auf Sendung account belonging to the RT TV channel, the daily Izvestia wrote on Friday. , citing a statement from the watchdog.
According to the newspaper, the watchdog could impose economic restrictions on YouTube based on a law regulating the Internet activities of foreigners in Russia. In particular, YouTube may face advertising and search bans, as well as payment and money transfer restrictions.
On December 16, 2021, the RT TV channel said that YouTube had blocked the account of its new German-language channel RT Deutsch on the day of its launch. On December 17, Russia’s telecommunications watchdog demanded that Google lift restrictions against RT Deutsch on YouTube.
Earlier, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a law requiring owners of foreign Internet resources with a daily audience of more than 500,000 Russian users to open subsidiaries and offices in the country from January 1, 2022. He also introduces a set of measures aimed at making IT companies comply with Russian law, including the possibility of partially or completely blocking a platform for violating the law.