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Microsoft to remove RT apps and ban ads in Russian state media

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Russian President Vladimir Putin is seen on a television screen in a hotel during a live news broadcast by the Russia Today (RT) television channel, after Russia launched a massive military operation against Ukraine, in Madrid, Spain, February 27, 2022. REUTERS/ Jon Nazca

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Feb 28 (Reuters) – Microsoft Corp (MSFT.O) said on Monday it will remove Russian state media RT’s mobile apps from the Windows App Store and ban ads on Russian state-sponsored media, as global tech companies respond to Moscow. invasion of Ukraine.

The company said it would not display any state-sponsored RT and Sputnik content, downgrade their search results on Bing, or place any advertising from its ad network on those sites.

Western tech firms, including Facebook-owner Meta Platforms Inc (FB.O) and Alphabet Inc’s Google (GOOGL.O), have imposed restrictions on Russian state-controlled media in Ukraine and around the world.

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Google banned downloads of RT’s mobile app in Ukraine after banning Russian media outlet RT and other channels from receiving money for ads on their websites, apps and YouTube videos. Read more

Facebook prohibits Russian state media from running ads or monetizing on its platform anywhere in the world. Read more

“(We) will make ongoing adjustments to strengthen our detection and disruption mechanisms to prevent the spread of misinformation and instead promote independent and trusted content,” Microsoft said in a blog post.

A growing list of companies are also seeking to leave Russia as sanctions from Western countries tighten.

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Reporting by Nivedita Balu in Bengaluru. Additional reporting by Chavi Mehta; Editing by Sriraj Kalluvila

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