RussiaToday's YouTube channel 'suspended'

News Incident Service Violations

RT’s YouTube channel, which in June last year reached 1 billion views to become the most-watched YouTube news channel in the world, experienced a shutdown of services on Tuesday, exactly two years after a similar incident.

Viewers attempting to access the RT YT channel were denied access and told: “This account has been suspended due to multiple or severe violations of YouTube's policy against spam, gaming, misleading content, or other Terms of Service violations.”

A similar incident exactly two years ago kept the YouTube channel offline for about eight hours. YouTube confirmed then it was their mistake and apologized for the incident.

Head of Social Media at RT Ivor Crotty added ‘As a world leading news producer on YouTube we value timely information and regret the service fail to the half-million people logging on this morning. We look forward to clearing this up ASAP.’

RT began broadcasting in 2005 – the same year YouTube came online – disrupting broadcast news media consensus and creating a savvy online viewer community ( via ).