Big Tech Sites Block Russian State Media

( According to a report from Business Insider, tech companies are taking action against Russian state-run media by banning them throughout the EU. YouTube, TikTok, and Facebook, along with Facebook-owned Instagram have completely banned Russian outlets like Russia Today and Sputnik throughout the European Union.

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen praised the move, saying Russia Today and Sputnik “will no longer be able to spread their lies to justify Putin’s war.”

Facebook President of Global Policy Nick Clegg confirmed in a statement on Monday that several governments along with the EU had requested the social media giant restrict Russian state media. Clegg justified obeying governments’ calls for censorship by citing the “exceptional nature of the current situation.” He said Facebook has agreed to restrict Russian media in the European Union “at this time.”

Google, which owns YouTube, had already prevented Russian state media from generating revenue on its video platform. On Monday, Google announced that it too would block YouTube channels connected to RT and Sputnik throughout Europe “effective immediately.”

Google also blocked the apps connected to RT and Sputnik from its Play Store in Europe. It also plans to ban Russian state media sites from appearing on Google News.

The Chinese-owned TikTok also confirmed that Russia Today, Sputnik, and their affiliates would be blocked in Europe.

Thus far, Twitter has not followed suit. However, Twitter had previously stated that it would slap a label on tweets containing content from Russia-state media sites.

On Tuesday, Apple announced that it too would block RT and Sputnik from its App Store. But Apple’s ban goes far beyond that of Google. Rather than simply block the apps in Europe, Apple has blocked RT and Sputnik in all territories outside of Russia.

On Tuesday evening, Fox News host Tucker Carlson and independent journalist Glenn Greenwald discussed this startling development, what it means for Free Speech, and the wider implications of Big Tech colluding with governments to censor online speech.

Watch that interview HERE.