Officials in Moscow have issued a sternly-worded ultimatum to YouTube's parent company, Google, saying that the video streaming site could face restrictions after it took down two channels run by RT's German-language service.
In the statement, released on Wednesday morning, the country’s national media regulator, Roskomnadzor, said that it “demands all restrictions be lifted from the YouTube channels RT DE and Der Fehlende Part, run by the news outlet RT, as soon as possible.”
According to the authorities, failure to do so would be a breach of Russian law and, “for such actions, an internet resource can be designated as breaching fundamental human rights and freedoms,” and can face a formal warning.
“In the event that the owner of the platform doesn’t comply with the warning, legislation allows us to take measures including completely or partially blocking access to it,” Roskomnnadzor added.
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