Yesterday, in accordance with what was reported by Reuters, Russia explicitly threatened YouTube to block access to the platform across the country. The reason behind this provocation would have been the removal of the German-language channel from the Russia Today news outlet, for allegedly violating its disinformation policy on COVID-19. In this regard, the highest legislative body, the Kremlin, called for zero tolerance for the platform managed by Google (Alphabet Inc).
The online video platform had previously decided to block all content that follows an anti-vaccine discourse, going beyond the COVID-19 vaccine, including content that alleges suspected chronic side effects or contains misinformation about substances that are found in vaccines. However, initially, Russia had considered retaliating against the German media for an unprecedented media assault.
This situation would become a new trend towards tense relations between Russia and the giants of the technology industry, in which the Eurasian country has made remarkable efforts to exercise stronger sovereignty over the internet segment that the different massive platforms cover. Also, Google did not want to expand on it.