VIDEO SHARING WEBSITE Youtube has been blocked by a Russian Internet service provider (ISP) after a court deemed that the service carries extremist videos.
The ban comes after a video entitled Russia for Russians was posted on the website. It led to a court in the city of Komsomolsk-on-Amur ordering the local ISP to block access to Youtube and other websites. The others fell afoul of Russian anti-extremist laws by publishing parts of Adolf Hilter's Mein Kampf.
This isn't the first time Youtube has been blocked, with Pakistan repeatedly going after the website when it thinks Youtube has content that might offend Muslims. China also blocked Youtube in 2008 after videos of Tibetan protesters were uploaded.
Russia's anti-extremism laws have led to questions about whether it limits its citizens' freedom of expression. At present only one Russian ISP, RA RTS, has been ordered to block the video sharing website. It is not known whether other ISPs will be forced to do the same.
The only problem is that a blanket ban would mean that Russian premier Dmitry Medvedev's videos will also be blocked. Vladimir Putin's protegé recently launched his own Youtube channel.
RA RTS has said that it will appeal the ruling. µ
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