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YouTube has removed over 70,000 videos and 9,000 channels relating to Ukraine war

The videos and channels related to the war in Ukraine were taken down for violating content guidelines, including removal of videos that referred to the invasion as a “liberation mission”.

The Guardian »

The platform is hugely popular in Russia, where, unlike some of its US peers, it has not been shut down despite hosting content from opposition figures such as Alexei Navalny. YouTube has also been able to operate in Russia despite cracking down on pro-Kremlin content that has broken guidelines including its major violent events policy, which prohibits denying or trivialising the invasion.

Since the conflict began in February, YouTube has taken down channels including that of the pro-Kremlin journalist Vladimir Solovyov. Channels associated with Russia’s Ministries of Defence and Foreign Affairs have also been temporarily suspended from uploading videos in recent months for describing the war as a “liberation mission”.

YouTube’s chief product officer, Neal Mohan, said: “We have a major violent events policy and that applies to things like denial of major violent events: everything from the Holocaust to Sandy Hook. And of course, what’s happening in Ukraine is a major violent event. And so we’ve used that policy to take unprecedented action.” »

After 40,000 km cycling across three continents, adventurer’s cycle was stolen less than two days after returning to England

Road CC »

“I spent 835 days cycling around the world through countries people repeatedly warned were too dangerous to visit – and I was always welcomed with hospitality.

“Today in Reading, on my second day bike touring in England, I had a bike grabbed and stolen less than 5 metres from me. The bike and everything attached to it, gone in a second.

“I’m sorry not to be sharing my usual positive, restore-your-faith-in-humanity message, but I guess bad things happen everywhere and not just in countries with a bad reputation. I’m absolutely devastated.” »

Reading Chronicle »

“It was doubly painful because of all the countries that I’ve cycled through – particularly places where people had warned me that they had a bad reputation, that I was going to be a victim of theft or crime there – and you just don’t really expect it in Reading.

“Unfortunately that was the end of the tour.” »

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