Russia accuses Google, YouTube of 'terrorist' activities

Russian regulators on Friday accused US tech giant Google and its video subsidiary YouTube of "terrorist" activities, the first step towards a possible access ban. Russia has already blocked access to other global tech giants including Facebook, Twitter and Instagram as well as several independent media.

Russian media regulator Roskomnadzor said YouTube users are sharing adverts with calls to shut down railway communications between Russia and Belarus. Russia partly carried out its military operation against Ukraine last month from the north through the territory of its ally Belarus. The YouTube administration's activities are terrorist in nature and threaten the life and health of Russian citizens, Roskomnadzor said, quoted by Interfax news agency.