YouTube removed over 9,000 channels due to fake news about the war in Ukraine

Video hosting YouTube has removed more than 70,000 videos and 9,000 channels that spread fake news about the war in Ukraine and violated the rules of the platform.

It is noted that we are talking, in particular, about videos that called the war in Ukraine a “liberation operation”.

At the same time, it is not specified which channels were removed. However, according to video hosting product director Neil Mohan, most of them were spreading Kremlin narratives.

“We have a policy on major violent events, and that goes for things like denial of such events, from the Holocaust to Sandy Hook. And of course, what is happening in Ukraine is a big violent event. And so we have applied this policy to launch unprecedented actions,” Mohan said.

In general, since the beginning of the full-scale invasion, the platform has blocked a number of channels, in particular the Kremlin propagandist Vladimir Solovyov, as well as those associated with the Russian Ministry of Defense.

As reported, on February 24, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced the start of a full-scale invasion of Ukraine. The troops of the Russian Federation are shelling and destroying key infrastructure facilities, from which they carry out massive shelling of residential areas of Ukrainian cities and villages using artillery, multiple launch rocket systems, and ballistic missiles.

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