Online freedom of expression is a global issue and threats to it come from all over the world. This time from far-off Siberia— “A district court in Komsomolsk-on-Amur in the Russian Far East, ordered Internet access provider Rosnet to block access to all content on YouTube.com because one user had uploaded a video deemed problematic on grounds of ultra-nationalism,” informs Google. As a result, some Russian Internet users will no longer have access to YouTube content including, the Russian President’s own YouTube Channel. YouTube users upload more than 24 hours of video every minute.
“A single potentially inappropriate video shouldn’t lead to blocking of legitimate online service offering millions of legitimate, useful, commercial and entertaining videos. We look forward to working with the Russian authorities, the legal community and fellow web services to establish a similar environment in Russia,” said Google.