Google’s erasure of alternative media seems to have gone one step further on Wednesday with three channels of the same agency simply disappearing from YouTube. The channels had years of presence on the service and thousands of subscribers. The more popular of their videos counted views in the millions. Now the content is gone from YouTube, and only a warning can be seen that the channels have been terminated for violating the terms of service.
The victims of the purge are channels belonging to News-Front including Anna-News as well as Krym24 (Crimea 24), which all say they were kicked out of YouTube without warning and for no apparent reason.
Anna-News describes itself as a frontline news agency and is famous internationally for its risky reports from eastern Ukraine and Syria. Krym24 is a television channel covering local news.