A Chinese-language video service for YouTube did not violate the European Union’s laws on online content because the videos it posted were related to “social welfare projects” as well as to the channel’s host, according to a Russia Today report.
After Europe’s Commission for Culture, Media and Sport went up against YouTube in a struggle over its German site, the video-sharing company decided to shut down the channel of Moskva FM, Russia’s television channel for Russians with foreign passports, the outlet reported.
“It is with regret that we were forced to cancel Moskva FM’s activities on YouTube,” an emailed statement to the outlet from YouTube says. “Like all YouTube communities, Moskva FM’s videos comply with the YouTube rules by publishing regular programming and by providing a platform for conversation. They do not violate the copyright protection policy.”
The YouTube statement, which went up in response to a request for a comment by Russia Today, added that the channel “is not subject to Google policy in Germany, where YouTube operates a local market. To better comply with German law, we have taken the precaution of deleting this particular channel.”
YouTube has been under pressure to clean up its online services and clean up its image to appease officials in Europe and Australia.
In July, the European Commission sent YouTube a warning letter, criticizing the video-sharing site for failing to comply with the EU’s terms and conditions for online services and removing search results that showed “the names of European publications that were allegedly defamatory to prominent figures.”
The Russian news outlet said the Moscow-based Moskva FM, which runs the channel, ran a number of videos related to education of foreign children in German. As a result, the European Commission sent Google, YouTube’s parent company, a warning letter, demanding that they remove or remove videos that showed “the names of European publications that were allegedly defamatory to prominent figures,” according to the outlet.
But as Moskva FM found out earlier this month, YouTube has greater power than the European Commission or the company that hosts the videos.
“This is the first time YouTube has ignored the EU regulation and put a ban on Moskva FM,” Alexei Pushkov, head of the international affairs committee in the Russian lower house of parliament, told Russia Today. “They acted just like a big child.”
Pushkov said he learned about the ban through word of mouth on a Tuesday, hours before the EU Commission complained about YouTube’s action to the news outlet. In comparison, the aforementioned warnings about news site after content about accusations of racism and hate speech against celebrities were listed on Thursday, Russia Today reported.
Google and the European Commission did not immediately respond to requests for comment from the news outlet.
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