Russian news channel RT to broadcast on Rumble after Big Tech restrictions

The RT app is seen on a smartphone in front of the RT and Sputnik logo in this illustration taken February 28, 2022. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration

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March 3 (Reuters) – Russia’s state-controlled news network RT said on Thursday it would start broadcasting on Rumble, a YouTube-like video site, after tech companies such as Meta Platforms (FB .O) and Twitter (TWTR.N) restricted access to RT after the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

In recent days, tech companies have moved to restrict Russian state-controlled media, including RT and Sputnik, in response to demands from governments and calls to prevent the spread of Russian propaganda. Russia has called its actions in Ukraine a “special operation”.

Streaming media company Roku (ROKU.O) has removed the app for RT from its Roku Channel Store globally, a spokesperson said.

Facebook owner Meta said on Tuesday it was globally downgrading the content of Facebook pages and Instagram accounts of Russian state-controlled media. Read more

Rumble is a popular video site among American political conservatives. In December, former US President Donald Trump’s media company, Trump Media and Technology Group, said Rumble would provide video and streaming for Truth Social, the company’s social media app which was launched on the Apple App Store (AAPL.O) on January 21. read More

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Reporting by Sheila Dang in Dallas; Additional reporting by Helen Coster in New York; Editing by Tomasz Janowski and Lisa Shumaker

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