Google has removed the RT from the collection of premium video hosting YouTube, which the company sells to advertisers – Google Preferred. On it informs Agency Bloomberg with reference to the representative of the company. RT was affected by the investigation of the alleged Russian intervention in the course of the election campaign in the United States, when it became clear that related accounts paid for the display of political advertising in social networks.
Investigating the possible influence of Russia on the election campaign in the United States has been the Senate intelligence Committee, who was invited to speak at the public hearing representatives of Facebook, Twitter and Google+. It was assumed that scheduled for October the hearing will focus on “Russia’s attempts to use social media” to influence elections, reminds RIA “Novosti”. Facebook and Twitter have already reported on the identification of the accounts from which paid for displaying targeted political advertising for U.S. users – in total it has been spent more than 200 thousand dollars.
According to Bloomberg, the center of the investigation against Google was YouTube “investigators from the Congress considered the role of the TV channel Russia Today (now RT) and other networks that US intelligence agencies have identified as close to the Russian government”.
The investigation of alleged Russian interference in American elections, as well as alleged links to the Russian President Donald trump is also in the FBI. In addition, the Ministry of justice appointed for spectacular Robert Mueller.
Russia has repeatedly denied accusations of attempts to influence U.S. elections.
In early September, the U.S. justice Department ordered the company that serves the TV channel RT America in USA, register as a foreign agent.
The chief editor of RT Margarita Simonyan called the unlawful demands of the US authorities in relation to the channel. Later she said that under the worst scenario, related to the pressure of the US authorities on the channel, the company will leave the country. She admits that Russia in this case will respond to the actions of the American authorities.
The first Deputy Chairman of Committee of the Federation Council international Affairs Vladimir Jabbarov said RIA “Novosti”that if the United States additional measures will be taken, complicating or making impossible the work of RT and other Russian media, the Federation Council may propose retaliatory measures against Russian American media, in particular, “voice of America”.