The CEO of YouTube video hosting, Susan Wojcicki, said that the service will cooperate with the Russian authorities. If problems arise, they will make every effort to resolve them.
When a service has to work with governments, she said, there are many things to take into account. Thus, in the case of requests from government agencies, YouTube will respond.
Wojicki also answered the question about the removal of the materials. According to her, requests from the authorities do not always “make sense to implement”, but in some cases the platform will comply with such requirements.
The CEO clarified that YouTube makes decisions about how to respond to government requests based on various factors, which include local laws. Since YouTube is not going to leave the country and abandon its users, it seems that video deletion in some cases cannot be avoided.
At the same time, Susan Wojicki stressed that freedom of speech remains the “core value” of the platform.