Google has blocked Russian state media outlets RT and Sputnik from its app store in Europe
- The EU is preparing to block the Russian state-backed
Google has blocked apps connected to RT and Sputnik — two Russian state-controlled media outlets — from its Play Store in Europe, a spokesperson told Insider.
It's the latest in the company's efforts to rein in Russian disinformation about the
Banning the two apps brings the company's European app store policy in line with Google-owned YouTube's, which announced on Tuesday that it would block RT and Sputnik channels across Europe. Google also said it was banning Russian state-funded media sites from appearing on Google
Tech companies such as Google and Apple are rapidly updating their policies as international coalitions including the US and EU continue to put pressure on
On Tuesday, Apple announced it would block RT and Sputnik from its App Store in all territories outside of Russia. Google has not yet gone as far as Apple, with both apps still available on Google's Play Store in territories outside of Europe.
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