Provider And YouTube Contest Ban In One Russian city.
One Russian city’s decision to ban Youtube is being reported on some sites in a manner that suggests it is countrywide.
A court in the Far East city of Komsomolsk-on-Amur in Russia's Khabarovsk region said YouTube had allowed extremist videos to be posted, Pravda reported. It only only provides to a local provider, however.
YouTube has repeatedly explained that it does not screen videos before they are posted. However, viewers, including governments, can flag them. That will lead to the removal of offensive material, usually very quickly.
Here the issue was video posts on Hitler’s Mein Kampf and “Russia For Russians,” which was seen as an attack on Russia’s multiethnicity.
The provider insisted it did not have the right to shut down YouTube.
Google, YouTube’s owner, said the attempted shutdown would violate Russia’s constitution, Ria Novosti reported.
"The court ruling restricts access not to separate videos, but to the whole website. Therefore, it deprives users of free access to information. It is worthy of note that YouTube contains a lot of information including the channel of the Russian president," Alla Zabrovskaya, a spokeswoman for Google Russia said.