On the other hand, unlike Facebook, Google’s management has never stated that it would encourage calls to “kill Russians” or, at least, that it would not block such posts. In addition, after videos with extremist content began to appear on the Google advertising network, the corporation preemptively disabled all of its advertising inventory in Russia.
But the content remains. miscellaneous content. That in case of blocking YouTube you will have nowhere to upload. Because RuTube, although it has come a long way in the past year, still raises questions. Anton Gorelkin, deputy head of the State Duma committee on information policy, recalls this.
“Rutube made a big leap in one year, but [ему] there is still room to grow”, says the deputy. And he draws attention: “The main complaint of users, about which they write, including me, is the speed of processing uploaded videos.”
And that’s fine. There is also a more important problem. The head of Gazprom-Media, owner of RuTube, Alexander Zharov, talks about it. “Rutube is not a replacement for YouTube. YouTube is a worldwide video search engine, they are developing it together with Google, they have a recommendation neural network that has been created for eight years. You just thought about it and it already says: “Yes , yes, I’ll give it to you now. We are at the beginning of the journey. We believe that in six months our recommendation system will be alive and smart enough, but it’s still a different development time, “he said. He said in an interview.
But if the technical problems can be solved at least in theory, we definitely will not solve a problem with RuTube. Zharov himself speaks about it: “The amount of content that is on YouTube is not planned to appear on Rutube. There are 2 billion users in the world, this is a third of all Internet users in the world.”
And this is the most important thing YouTube should be saved for. For 18 years of its existence, this platform has become the world’s largest, and obviously in the entire history of the world, a library of video materials. Today on YouTube you can find everything from classical music, archival documentaries and the golden collection of world cinema to lectures on physics or chemistry. And to compensate this at the scale of a country is a frankly impossible task. Simply because in a very significant part it is not published by some companies or institutions, but by ordinary users of their personal collections and files.
YouTube has one more task. Today, this platform links even those countries between which there are, as it usually seems, completely insurmountable contradictions. But within the framework of YouTube, precisely because of the global nature of this platform, there remains the opportunity to listen to each other and convey your thoughts and points of view.
And today it would be too presumptuous to ignore this possibility.