At this year’s World Economic Forum, YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki revealed the role of their video platform in the war between Ukraine and Russia.
Wojcicki said that YouTube has banned several Russian state media channels for spreading misinformation, while also being helpful for people on the war ground and those stranded somewhere else. Further, she noted that YouTube will continue to be a source for independent news in Russia.
Banning Misinformation YouTube Channels
Being one of the largest video-sharing platforms today, YouTube certainly has a key role to play in ongoing Russia’s war against Ukraine. Millions of people turn to YouTube daily for news which is deemed as one of the hottest platforms for disseminating information.
This led several Russian state media channels to spread misinformation about the war situation, attracting bans from YouTube ultimately. Explaining this, the platform CEO Susan Wojcicki opened up on their contributions to the ongoing war.
“As soon as the war broke out, we realized this was an incredibly important time for us to get it right with regard to our responsibility.” – Wojcicki.
At the World Economic Forum held at Davos, Wojcicki said that they had amended the platform’s policies to ban channels and takedown videos spreading misinformation and remained as a source of independent news. While continuing to do so, the CEO said YouTube was used for humanitarian reasons throughout the war.
These include helping the medical professionals on war grounds and helping teachers to educate children who’re isolated from schools due to the war. Also, Wojcicki talked about how Russia’s pushing it’s citizens towards Rutube, a Russian alternative to YouTube, which they aren’t worried about.
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