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YouTube Is First To Ban Russian State Media As MeidasTouch Rolls Out #BanPutinPropaganda Campaign

YouTube Is First To Ban Russian State Media As MeidasTouch Rolls Out #BanPutinPropaganda Campaign

We’ve seen how social media bans can run in a sort of domino effect — for example, when Donald Trump began being banned from sites for promoting violence, one site after another, including Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube, all took in turn to ban his accounts. Now Russian state-funded media is the target, and YouTube has made its move. It likely won’t be the last platform to do so.

MOSCOW REGION, RUSSIA – SEPTEMBER 14, 2021: Russias President Vladimir Putin is seen in his office in the Novo-Ogaryovo residence during a videoconference meeting with Tula Region Governor Alexei Dyumin. Alexei Druzhinin/Russian Presidential Press and Information Office/TASS (Photo by Alexei DruzhininTASS via Getty Images)

Of course, social media is hardly the first thing Russia has lost. The United States and other nations have imposed sanctions in the form of product boycotts, asset seizure, and banking bans. Corporations have ceased business in the country.

However, a social media ban hits the propaganda arm of the Russian government in a big way. Being banned from YouTube hits Russia’s ability to spread lies outside the country. According to Reuters, the ban that was imposed in Europe earlier this month is now global and is based on a policy against denying or trivializing well-documented violence.

MeidasTouch has begun a campaign to call for all social media platforms to block Russian propaganda, using the hashtag #BanPutinPropaganda.

If it catches on, as may be expected, since Facebook, Twitter, and other social media sites have also enacted rules that forbid the propagation of violence, and the dissemination of disinformation, Vladimir Putin could find he has a much more difficult time getting his anti-Ukraine messages out to the average citizen outside of Russia — especially since TruthSocial is still not allowing access to the masses, and other right-wing social media sites that claim to be for ‘free speech’ have never reached the popularity level of the mainstream sites.

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