Russian-backed RT heads to YouTube Rumble copycat after tech companies enact restrictions

Shortly after YouTube and a number of other platforms enacted restrictions on Russian state-controlled news outlet RT, the network itself announced on Thursday that it would start streaming on Rumble. , an alternative online video platform popular among American conservatives, The New York Times and Reuters report.

“RT Prepares For…Rumble: After a slew of platforms moved to shut down our broadcast and limit social media…You can stay up to date with our LIVE stream, anytime, n anywhere here,” RT tweeted on Thursday.

Several tech and social media companies have in recent days taken steps to limit Russian disinformation and propaganda on their platforms as the war in Ukraine unfolds, the Times reports. In one example, Twitter said this week that it would flag posts linked to Russian state-affiliated media outlets with a label, according to the Times. In another, streaming company Roku removed the RT app from its global Roku Channel Store, per Reuters. And on Tuesday, DirectTV, the only one of the two major US operators to offer RT’s US affiliate, RT America, announced it would take the channel off the air.

CNN also reported on Thursday that the production company behind RT America has laid off most of its staff, which could possibly spell “an effective end” to RT America. The network is “one of the main spokespersons for Russian President Vladimir Putin in the United States”, writes CNN.

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