YouTube and Google Play suspend payment-based services in Russia

FILE PHOTO: Image shows the Youtube logo and the Russian flag
FILE PHOTO: The Youtube logo is placed on a Russian flag in this illustrative image taken on February 26, 2022. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration

March 10, 2022

(Reuters) – Alphabet Inc’s YouTube and Google Play stores are suspending all payment-based services in Russia, including subscriptions, as Western sanctions begin to challenge banks in the country.

Google and YouTube recently stopped selling online advertising in Russia after Twitter Inc and Snap Inc took similar pauses in Ukraine following the invasion of Moscow.

“As a follow-up, we are now extending this pause to all of our monetization features, including YouTube Premium, channel memberships, Super Chat and merch for viewers in Russia,” YouTube said in a statement Thursday.

YouTube channels in Russia can still generate revenue from viewers outside of Russia through ads and paid features, including Super Chat and merch sales. Free apps on Google Play will also remain available in Russia, according to a company’s support website.

(Reporting by Paresh Dave in Oakland, California and Ann Maria Shibu in Bengaluru; Editing by Anil D’Silva) YouTube and Google Play suspend payment-based services in Russia

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