Google is the third major tech brand to cut Russian state access to ad sharing through its platform. The first to move forward with the measure was the social network Facebook, owned by Meta, when, last Friday, it announced that Russian state media were from then on prevented from making a financial profit through ads incorporated into the platform. On Saturday, YouTube followed with a similar decision.
“In response to the war in Ukraine, we will stop the monetization of Russian state media on all Google platforms,” the company said in statements to CNN Business. “We are constantly monitoring the situation and will take additional action if necessary.”
In the same way, Google Maps also came forward with restrictions, but with the aim of ensuring the safety of the Ukrainian population: the real-time traffic and affluence features in commercial spaces were turned off. Still, traffic updates are still available in Ukraine using Google Maps navigation.
Regarding the ban on Facebook, the Russian government has advanced with a “partial restriction” of the social network, reports CNN Business, accusing the platform of “illegitimate censorship”. The Russian communications minister considers that Facebook “violated the rights and freedoms of Russian citizens”, claiming that the social network had blocked several media on Thursday.
In response, Nick Clegg, president of Global Affairs at Meta, revealed that Russia had forced the company to “stop fact-checking and independent labeling” from four Russian outlets. “We refused Ordinary Russian citizens use our platforms to express themselves and organize. We want them to continue to make their voices heard and to share what is happening”, says Nick Clegg.
Source: with agencies