Google Defeated in Russian YouTube Censorship Case

YouTube LogoIn February, Google filed an appeal in Russia to challenge the censorship of a YouTube video deemed unlawful. This week, Google was defeated.

"How to cut a vein" is the (paraphrased) title of a video that sparked a legal suit between Google, its subsidiary YouTube and Russian governing bodies.

The video reportedly violated the 2012 amendment to Russia’s Act for Information, aimed at the "protection of children from information harmful to their health and development."

The amendment allows governing bodies to restrict information, including Web content related to suicide, drugs, and child sex abuse without first going to trial.

The video in question (below) was described by author Darina Snegova to The Wall Street Journal as a lesson on makeup.

Google challenged Russia’s censorship, saying, "We do not believe that the goal of the law was to limit access to videos that are clearly intended to entertain viewers."

Other critics of the law say it could lead to more censorship by the government outside of its original intent.

It’s no secret that Google receives thousands of government requests worldwide to takedown content each year, and the search engine reported it doescomply at times.

In this case, Google said it was "disappointed" and in a statement, that it would "review the decision and consider our options."

About the author

Jessica Lee is a marketer specializing in web content strategy and B2B/B2C writing. Since 2005, Jessica has been in the business of content and communications, with the past several years focused on the web marketing space.

Prior to launching her consulting business, bizbuzzcontent, Jessica was responsible for content strategy, development and marketing for Bruce Clay Inc. – a global SEO firm, where she served small businesses and Fortune 500 clients. Jessica's background also includes positions in traditional marketing, communications, broadcasting and publishing.

Jessica has a bachelor's in communications and public relations from San Diego State University. She also contributed to the book “Search Engine Optimization All-in-One For Dummies” 2nd edition.