Feb 10, 2020 - World

Podcast: Putin's YouTube problem

Russian President Vladimir Putin is considering ways to limit access to YouTube within Russia, where it's become a crucial platform for his critics and a popular source for news. Dan digs in with Axios World editor David Lawler.

Go deeper: YouTube avoids Putin's media chokehold

Go deeper

YouTube evades Putin's media chokehold

Photo: Mikhail Svetlov/Getty Images

Vladimir Putin has gone to extreme lengths to control the flow of information in Russia, but there’s one step he hasn’t dared take: shutting down YouTube.

Why it matters: One of Putin’s first initiatives upon taking office 20 years ago was to bring Russia’s independent TV networks under his control. But YouTube has replaced TV in the news and entertainment diets of Russians under 30, and it's become the go-to platform for Putin’s critics, Russian journalist Andrey Loshak tells Axios.

Go deeperArrowFeb 6, 2020 - World

YouTube adjusts line on political misinformation

Photo: Carsten Rehder/picture alliance via Getty Images

YouTube will bar videos that lie about the mechanics of an election, the company announced in a blog post Monday, but indicated it remains reluctant to crack down more broadly on deceptive political speech, as some critics have demanded.

Why it matters: YouTube's content policies — which are separate from the advertising policies Google outlined in the fall — do not ban political falsehoods at a time when tech platforms are under fire to limit misinformation about candidates and elections.

Republicans more likely than Democrats to have confidence in Putin

Photo: Mikhail Svetlov/Getty Images

Republicans and Republican-leaning independents are 21 points more likely than Democrats and Democratic-leaning independents (31% vs. 10%) to express confidence in Russian President Vladimir Putin and his actions in world affairs, according to a global Pew survey.

The big picture: It's the widest partisan gap Pew has recorded on the question, though Republicans' still-low confidence in the Russian leader is largely in line with the sentiment of key U.S. allies around the world.

Go deeperArrowFeb 10, 2020 - World