The Russian government has told Google to stop advertising what it calls “illegal mass events” on YouTube. The move follows Saturday’s protest in Moscow when thousands of demonstrators hit the streets to demand free elections for the city.
A number of channels on YouTube channels live-streamed the demo, while the Russian authorities say protestors bought advertising from YouTube to support the demonstration.
The government says it would view Google’s failure to comply with its request as “interference in its sovereign affairs” and a “hostile influence (over) and obstruction of democratic elections in Russia”, according to Reuters.
Last year, Russia fined Google RUR500,000 after it failed to remove certain content entries from search results.