Supercharge Sanctions: Giant Platforms Suspend, Block Russian Media Ads


As pressure rises on tech platforms to react to Russia’s attack on Ukraine, Facebook and YouTube have blocked Russian state media from running ads on their platforms. At the same time, Twitter has suspended all advertising in Ukraine and Russia.

Facebook prohibits Russian State media activities

As Moscow’s incursion of neighboring Ukraine reached the streets of Kyiv, Facebook says it has limited Russian state media’s earning capacity on the social media platform. Russian state media are not banned from advertising or monetizing on our platform anywhere in the world, said Nathaniel Gleicher, the social media giant’s security policy head, on Twitter on Friday. He also stated that Facebook would continue to label other Russian state media, according to NPR

Facebook’s parent company, Meta, said that Russia would impose limits on its services after it failed to obey authorities’ orders to stop using fact-checkers and information warning labels on its platforms.

Youtube sanctioned connections 

In response to Russia’s ongoing invasion of Ukraine, YouTube has confirmed that it will no longer run advertisements on its channels from Russian state-backed media and certain other accounts sanctioned in connection with Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine.

Mint also posted that in a statement, YouTube spokesperson Farshad Shadloo shared that the company will keep monitoring new developments and take additional action. For example, YouTube, a subsidiary of Alphabet Inc.’s Google, has announced limiting access to state-funded RT, formerly known as Russia Today, and several other Ukrainian channels. It will also reduce how its system suggests those videos to viewers.

Google stops live traffic overlay 

Google has stated that it will not allow Russian state media outlets to run advertisements. It has blocked certain functionalities of its map service in Ukraine to safeguard local citizens in the latest move by a leading technology company in response to Russia’s invasion of its neighbor. In addition, Google Maps has blocked features that would provide real-time insight into consumers’ movements in Ukraine.

Google announced the discontinuation of the live traffic overlay and the Live Busyness feature, which reveals how prevalent a location is at any given time. After consulting with local officials, the company took measures to keep Ukrainians safe. According to Google, traffic updates are still available when using the navigation mode of Google Maps, Times For Israel reported. 

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