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© Reuters. FILE PHOTO – The RT app can be seen on a smartphone right in front of the RT logo and Sputnik logo. This illustration was taken February 28th, 2022. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration

By Sheila Dang

(Reuters). RT, a Russian state-controlled news channel, announced on Thursday that Rumble will be broadcast on its website. Rumble is a YouTube-like site and was created after Meta Platforms, Twitter, and other tech companies (NYSE:), had blocked access to RT due to Russia’s invasion in Ukraine.

Recent actions taken by tech companies to block Russian media, including RT or Sputnik, have been in response to governments’ requests. This was in order to counter the spread of Russian propaganda. Russia called the actions it took in Ukraine “special operations.”

A streaming media company Roku (NASDAQ): The Roku Channel Store Europe has removed the app for RT, a source familiar with it told Reuters earlier in the week.

Meta, the owner of Facebook (NASDAQ;) said Tuesday that they were degrading content on Russian state-controlled media outlets’ Instagram and Facebook accounts.

Popular among U.S. conservative politicians is Rumble. Trump Media and Technology Group was founded by former President Donald Trump in December. It offers video and streaming services for Truth Social. Truth Social launched on January 21st at the Apple (NASDAQ.) App Store.

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