Google confirmed to CNN on Friday that it has suspended all advertising in Russia.
In a statement, the company explained, “In light of the extraordinary circumstances, we’re pausing Google ads in Russia. The situation is evolving quickly, and we will continue to share updates when appropriate.”
The company said that this decision involves all Google’s ad surfaces in Russia, including Google display advertising, and YouTube and search. The move was first reported by Reuters late Thursday.
Google’s decision comes as a result of Russia’s apparent crackdown on major tech platforms. Russia’s communications regulator has written to Google and YouTube, alongside other western tech companies, about the restrictions on Russian state media.
Russia also recently passed a law requiring non-Russian tech companies to open local offices to continue business. Policy analysts have said that this is Russia’s effort to bring the companies under Russian legal jurisdiction.
Twitter also announced suspension of its advertising in both Russia and Ukraine. Meta, Facebook’s parent company, has not commented on the topic.
Russian state media has also been prevented from running ads on Google and Meta.
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