(Reuters) – Alphabet Inc’s YouTube and Google Play retailer are suspending all payment-based providers in Russia, together with subscriptions, as Western sanctions begin to pose banking challenges within the nation.
Google and YouTube had lately stopped promoting internet advertising in Russia following comparable pauses by Twitter Inc and Snap Inc after Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine.
“As a follow-up, we’re now extending this pause to all our monetization features, including YouTube Premium, Channel Memberships, Super Chat and Merchandise, for viewers in Russia,” YouTube mentioned in a press release on Thursday.
YouTube channels in Russia will nonetheless be capable to generate income from viewers outdoors of Russia by advertisements and paid options, which embody Super Chat and merchandise gross sales. Free apps on Google Play additionally stay obtainable in Russia, in response to an organization assist web site.
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