The controversy of soft power amid Russia-Ukraine conflict: YouTube blocks Russian channels, Kremlin bans Instagram

by Ahmad walid yousefi

YouTube, an American and the biggest online video sharing and social media platform, reacting to Russia-Ukraine conflict now has blocked the access of Russian state-funded media globally.

A YouTube spokesman said the content of Russian associated media including ‘RT’ and ‘Sputnik’ will be blocked.

According to regulation of this platform, any sorts of denial and understating the acts of violence are banned.

The news comes as Russian state-funded media are trying to understate the Russian invasion of Ukraine and deny the killings of civilians.

Federal Service for Supervision in the Sphere of Telecom, Information Technologies and Mass Communications of Russia, Roskomnadzor, has blocked the access of Instagram in this country.

The organization releasing a statement said the decision has been taken due to encouraging and provoking violent acts against Russians on Instagram.

Yesterday, Andy Steven, communication manager of Meta said that users of Instagram can share violence messages against Russian invaders.

After the US and EU sanctioned Russia, big companies and social media platforms also stopped their activities in Russia and Russia’s access to these platforms becomes limited day by day.