UPDATE (11:20 CET, 18.05.2020): As of 11:00 CET May 18, YouTube restored our temporary channel after our appeal sent on Saturday (16.05.2020). It seems that objective members of YouTube Team reviewed SouthFront videos and took over responsibility for the decision to restore SouthFront’s temporary channel. There is no doubt that YouTube Team consists of people with various ideology and points of view. At the same time, professionalism and impartiality should be on the first place. The members of YouTube Team that decided to restore the channel demonstrated their commitment to these principles.
SouthFront has been facing an increasing propaganda pressure and censorship.
On May 1st, YouTube terminated all of South Front’s main YouTube channel with over 152,000 subscribers, 1,900 uploaded videos and approximately 60 million views. This was done without any warning despite the fact that no SouthFront video on YouTube had a strike. We immediately appealed this decision. However, by now, YouTube has provided no real answer or explanation in response to the appeal.
Today, on May 16, YouTube has deleted our next channel created to share videos on YouTube while we have been waiting a response from the service.
At the same time, the reasons of the censorship of SouthFront on Facebook and YouTube became more clear. Last time, our main channels were blocked after we published two critical articles on the situation in Moscow on southfront.org. (LINK 1, LINK 2) These article soperated solely on facts and was saturated with links.
On May 15, SouthFront published a new in-depth overview of the political and social situation in Russia and Moscow – “Russia’s Covid Game Of Elites”. (LINK) The article focused on the current social and political situation in Russia and does not provide any opinion regarding the spread of SARS-CoV-2 and the COVID-19 outbreak. It critically evaluated the actions of the Yeltsin’s time rooted headliner of the Russian liberal clan, Moscow mayor Sobyanin, and, in contrary, supported the actions of President Putin. On May 16, our YouTube channel was deleted.
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