Yes, and talk about its blocking in Russia somehow subsided against the background of the absence of a sane competitor.
The first few weeks after the start of the well-known special operation, YouTube regularly popped up in the news feeds as a resource that in Russia could well suffer the fate of Twitter and other blocked Internet sites that refused to comply with the requirements of domestic legislation. Optimism was not added by the fact that many Western IT companies have announced and continue to announce their withdrawal from the Russian market. However, specifically in the case of YouTube / Google, the situation looks quite stable.
So, as part of her speech at the World Economic Forum in Davos, YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki statedthat the service is not going to leave the Russian market. Wojcicki argued her statement by the fact that information plays an important role in the outbreak of conflict, and YouTube is one of the main resources for receiving independent news.
It is worth noting that YouTube’s policy towards Russian channels remains extremely unfriendly. The service has removed all channels of Russian state (in whole or in part) media, and also constantly puts spokes in the wheels of bloggers who take a pro-Russian position in relation to current events. In other words, “independent news” is only what YouTube specifically considers it to be.
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As for the possible blocking of YouTube in Russia, talk on this topic has subsided. Firstly, some particularly egregious cases of using this site as propaganda were still eradicated, and secondly, an adequate analogue of YouTube has not appeared in Russia. What, by the way, was even directly reported by the deputies of the State Duma. It just so happened that domestic video hostings turned out to be hostages of the situation in which they began to appear and develop after taking over the much more technologically advanced and convenient “YouTube” of the entire market.