Ukraine’s digital minister begs Big Tech to pressure Moscow – POLITICO


Ukraine’s digital minister said on Saturday he had asked the chief executives of Google, YouTube, Apple and Netflix to block or limit their Russian services in a bid to anger young Russians and put pressure on the leaders of Moscow.

“I asked YouTube to block Russian propaganda media, which calls us Nazis and drug addicts, lies and promotes war. Asked Meta to block Facebook and Instagram. I asked Netflix to block the service in Russia,” Mykhailo Fedorov, Ukraine’s minister for digital transformation, said in a statement on Facebook.

Fedorov sent letters on Friday to Google CEO Sundar Pichai, YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki and Netflix co-CEO Ted Sarandos and later shared the missives online.

He also called on Apple CEO Tim Cook to stop supplying services and products to Russia and to block Apple’s App Store, he said in a statement. Tweeter.

Russia has already clashed with Facebook and its parent company Meta during the ongoing war in Ukraine. Russian authorities announced on Friday that they have restricted local access to Facebook after the company took action against the pages of four Kremlin-backed media outlets.

Facebook has also decided to block Russian state media from serving ads on its platform across the world, the platform’s chief security officer, Nathaniel Gleicher, said in a statement. Tweeter Saturday.

Separately, US streaming giant Netflix risks being forced to air Kremlin propaganda from March 1 under new obligations in Russia, POLITICO reported earlier.




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