Russia Bans YouTube Alternative - Here's Why

09.05.2024 12:03 2 min reading
Russia Bans YouTube Alternative - Here's Why

The Russian government has officially blocked access to video sharing platform Rumble after the company refused to comply with censorship requirements.

Chris Pawlowski, CEO of Rumble, confirm the news, underscoring the platform's commitment to free speech and refusing to bow to outside pressure. The move comes amid escalating tensions over internet freedom in Russia, where the government is tightening controls on online content and requiring platforms to remove politically sensitive or harmful material.

In his interview, Pavlovsky linked Russia's decision to block Rumble to the platform's tough stance against censorship demands, drawing parallels with previous challenges, particularly in France. Rumble has received numerous requests from the Russian government to censor various channels, even though they were eligible to use Rumble's service.

Pavlovsky also highlighted the implications for other platforms operating in Russia, questioning their compliance with censorship directives.

The news of Russia's restriction of the platform follows Pavlovsky's testimony about censorship requirements in Brazil, where Rumble withdrew due to pressure from the country's judicial system.

The hearing, chaired by Republican Chris Smith, addressed concerns about the erosion of civil liberties in Brazil under President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva and Supreme Court Justice Alexandre de Moraes, with witnesses criticizing the government's crackdown on freedom of expression.


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