The Russian invasion of Ukraine has generated a rapid response from tech companies big and small. Here is an overview of changes affecting creators. Note that this is changing daily, so there may be more changes by the time you read this.
Russia has blocked access to Facebook
(but not Instagram), Twitter
, and reportedly YouTube
(although I’m having trouble getting confirmation of that).
And history repeats. Rick Klau was the Product Manager for Blogger
in 2009 and recounts a mind-boggling story
of how Russia tried to take down Blogger, YouTube, Facebook and LiveJournal with a massive denial of service attack. Why? Because they wanted to shut up a refugee from Russia’s invasion of Georgia going by “Cyxymu”.
Google has suspended all advertising in Russia.
This includes AdSense, AdMob, AdManager ads on websites, and advertising on YouTube. Viewers in Russia will not see ads. Russian YouTube Partners can continue to monetize, as ads will show outside of Russia, and they can earn from Super Chats, Merch and similar revenue streams.