FB & YouTube Bans Russia From Running Ads Amid Ukraine Crisis

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Facebook has banned all Russian state media from advertising on its platform, reports Fox Business.

Facebook prohibits ads

Nathaniel Gleicher, head of security policy at Facebook, said that Russian state media is now prohibited from running advertisements or monetizing content on its platform, adding that the new restrictions apply around the world.

In a tweet, Gleicher said that Facebook would continue to apply labels to Russian state media.

We are now prohibiting Russian state media from running ads or monetizing on our platform anywhere in the world. We also continue to apply labels to additional Russian state media. These changes have already begun rolling out and will continue into the weekend,” Gleicher said.

He added that Facebook is continuing to closely monitor the situation in Ukraine.

Facebook’s move to restrict Russian state media from advertising or monetizing on its platform comes just hours after Twitter announced it was halting all advertising in Russia and Ukraine.

We’re temporarily pausing advertisements in Ukraine and Russia to ensure critical public safety information is elevated and ads don’t detract from it,” Twitter announced.

YouTube takes action against Russian channels 

YouTube has taken action against several of its Russian channels, including state-backed Russia Today, to prevent them from using the platform to generate revenue.

The company, as reported by Reuters, cited “extraordinary circumstances” in its reasoning and said it is “pausing a number of channels’ ability to monetize on YouTube, including several Russian channels affiliated with recent sanctions.”

YouTube spokesperson Farshad Shadloo said content from the outlets impacted by the decision will also show up less frequently as recommendations, according to Reuters. He also stated that content from RT and other Russian channels would not be accessible in Ukraine due to a “government request.”

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