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Oops: Russia bans YouTube over ‘technical mistake’


Web-surfing Russians endured a brief scare Wednesday that the authorities had blocked YouTube after the video-sharing website appeared on a list of banned addresses, in what officials later called a “technical mistake”.

The new registry of blacklisted websites introduced this month showed the website as having been added there Wednesday by Russia’s consumer protection agency and remained on it for several minutes.

After a media furore swiftly ensued, the agency’s head Gennady Onishchenko told Russian news agencies that the intention was to ban 22 specific videos, rather than the whole service, notably ones giving instructions on how to commit suicide.

The spokesman for communications ministry’s watchdog responsible for the website registry Vladimir Pikov told AFP that the incident a “technical mistake”, without giving further explanations.


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