In the very early hours of July 28th, the YouTube channel of Russian TV channel “Tsargrad TV” was entirely banned, without an explanation.
“Now, until the situation is fully cleared up, instead of an official channel with high-quality video content, YouTube shows our viewers a black plug. The million-strong audience of Tsargrad, in fact, was cut off from the truth, which we were not afraid to speak directly on the air.”
TsargradTV is suing YouTube over its channel being closed.
“We have not received any alerts, notifications or strikes from YouTube. Moreover, the administration of the service still does not explain the reasons for the blocking. They simply refuse to get in touch with us, so we plan to resolve the conflict in court,” said the editor of the TV channel Daria Tokareva.
In addition, Tsargrad is preparing an official appeal to the YouTube administration demanding the restoration of the channel. The censorship of Tsargrad was widely covered in Russian media.
Google, however, has chosen not to enter in any sort of discussion with TsargradTV.
Only in an interview with the Moscow city news agency did the press service of Google say the following:
“Google complies with all applicable sanctions and trade compliance laws. If we find that an account is in violation of these laws, we will take appropriate action.”
As such, Google simply said that it adheres to US sanctions on the territory of Russia.
As such, Tsargrad’s entire Google account was also blocked.
“Your Google account has been locked and cannot be restored, due to a violation of export laws. If you’ve any queries, refer to a lawyer.”
The reason for blocking of the accounts allegedly was “violation of export laws.”
According to SocialBlade, the channel had 1.06 million subscribers the day before the block.
At the same time, the YouTube channel of the Two-Headed Eagle Society, headed by Konstantin Malofeev, the founder of Tsargrad, was also blocked.
YouTube’s notice reads: “Blocked for violating community guidelines.”
The Tsargrad channel, which appeared in 2015, positions itself as “the first Russian conservative information and analytical TV channel,” since the end of 2017 they stopped broadcasting and completely switched to online.
At the same time, in the fall of 2017, Malofeev created the “Two-Headed Eagle”, which he defined as “a society for the development of Russian historical enlightenment”; its goal is to promote monarchism and the history of pre-revolutionary Russia.
Malofeev himself has been under the sanctions of the European Union, the United States and Canada since 2014 due to accusations of financing the military conflict in eastern Ukraine.
SouthFront itself was recently banned on YouTube without a due explanation, and our team continues the struggle against censorship.
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