MOSCOW, March 16 – RIA Novosti. Journalist Anton Krasovsky wrote a letter to the head of Roskomnadzor, Andrei Lipov, in which he urged him to pay attention to YouTube's policies, in particular, citing as an example the documentary project Epidemia, jointly with the RT channel.
“A year ago I could not even imagine that I would write such a letter with my own hands … But, alas, this year has passed, a year of hard work with the Russian office of YouTube, and I have to turn to you as, apparently, the last resort. As an arbitrator … A year ago, when the coronavirus epidemic began in Russia, my team and I began to make a regular cycle of reportage films – Epidemic. The attention to the topic was such that millions of viewers instantly turned their attention to the product, ” according to a letter published on Krasovsky's Telegram channel.
He recalled that an interview with the chief doctor of the hospital in Kommunarka, Denis Protsenko, gathered more than two million views overnight and was blocked by the moderator. Krasovsky stressed that then a scandal erupted and the video was restored. “But after that YouTube, apparently, decided to pessimize everything that we produce. Each time the delivery of our video content in search and recommendations was reduced and eventually reduced to zero. We tried to switch from YouTube and Google for a commercial relationship … None of our advertising campaigns have been accepted by YouTube moderators, “said the journalist.
He also mentioned films with the deputy Oksana Pushkina, about the Russian paraathlete Dmitry Ignatov, as well as a promo interview with the Deputy Mayor of Moscow Anastasia Rakova – “none of these video products were accepted by the moderators with the wording“ delicate content ”.
“We have filed appeals dozens of times, talked to the management of Russian YouTube and Google – everything is useless. At that time, the same Russian YouTube for corporate money conducted a real worldwide advertising campaign for all video products of Alexei Navalny and FBK *. Dear Andrey Yuryevich, I ask you and Roskomnadzor pay attention to the unfair attitude of YouTube towards the state producer. Perhaps your intervention will help us resolve our conflict not in favor of RT, but in favor of the Russian viewer, “concluded Krasovsky.
* The Anti-Corruption Foundation is included by the Russian Ministry of Justice in the register of NGOs performing the functions of a foreign agent.