The Chronicle


- The London Times

MOSCOW: Russia has threatened to ban YouTube and block German news websites after the video-sharing giant took down two online channels run by Russia Today, the Kremlin-funded TV station, as part of a broad purge of anti-vaccine material.

YouTube said it had deleted Russia Today’s Germanlang­uage channels RT DE and Der Fehlende Part for repeated breaches of its policies on spreading misinforma­tion.

The Google-owned site said it was removing videos that pose a “serious risk of egregious harm” to viewers, including those that claim vaccines “cause autism, cancer or infertilit­y, or that substances in vaccines can track those who receive them”.

Russia is accused of an online disinforma­tion campaign against Western vaccines to try to further its own vaccine and strategic interests.

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