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YouTube deserves blocking, but has no competitors in Russia

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Khinshtein: YouTube deserves blocking, but has no competitors in Russia

According to the deputy, blocking YouTube is a premature measure due to the lack of an alternative.

Head of the State Duma Committee on Information Policy Alexander Khinshtein declared What YouTube deserves blocking in Russia for many violations, but now it is impossible: there is no alternative to this video service in the country. He said this at SPIEF during the discussion “Digital Dictatorship vs Digital Sovereignty: Problems, Risks, Opportunities”.

“While we <…> have not made a product that can fully compete with the same YouTube, blocking it, in my opinion, is premature. And the grounds for blocking him are higher than the roof, already for 10 life terms in advance,” Khinshtein said.

He noted that it cannot be said that Rutube or any other Russian video service “has reached the level of adequate competition with YouTube.” “That would be an exaggeration,” Khinshtein said. He added that YouTube started with a small audience, unlike Rutube. “But time has passed – and today this proportion has changed in the opposite direction.”

Khinshtein is not the only politician who advocates blocking YouTube in Russia. Former businessman Yevgeny Prigozhin addressed to the Prosecutor General’s Office with a demand to restrict access to the video service and recognize Google as an “undesirable” company in the Russian Federation.



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