Russian Court Orders YouTube Blocked

Over the years, we’ve seen various countries order YouTube totally blocked for one reason or another. Turkey and Pakistan, for example, have both banned YouTube at various times. And now we can apparently add Russia to the list. Vic points us to news of a ruling in a Russian court ordering an ISP to block access to YouTube (Google translation of the original), along with four online libraries. Why the total block? Apparently, YouTube was hosting a video called “Russia for Russians,” which is problematic for whatever reason. What isn’t explained is why one problematic video should lead to all of YouTube being blocked, but… those kinds of things are never clearly explained by courts making these kinds of rulings.

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