Apple gives Russian app a week to hide content from users

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Apple gives Russian app a week to hide content from users

The Silicon Valley giant took issue with videos produced by state-sponsored media, Rutube says.

The Moscow-based service said that Apple has given Russian video-hosting platform Rutube two weeks to hide content produced by the country s state-linked media from global users in its iOS app.

According to a statement to Russian news agency TASS on Monday, Apple is proposing to solve the moderation problem with two steps: make the app accessible only for Russian users, or remove the content by state-sponsored media.

Rutube said that Apple had threatened to delete the app from the AppStore if it doesn't comply. The company said it had already barred access to the app from all countries except Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan.

Rutube doesn't plan to place restrictions on Russian media because it violates the rights of the Russian-speaking population, the company said.

The platform was launched in 2006 and is described as the Russian version of YouTube. After their videos were banned from YouTube in response to Moscow's military operation in Ukraine, it continues to host Russian state-linked media, including TV channels Rossiya 1 and Channel One, as well as several popular podcasters and bloggers.

Like many global brands Apple suspended business activities in Russia in March and left the country's market.