Google closes YouTube channel of the Granma newspaper protected by the US blockade of Cuba

Aug 27, 2020 by

Google closes YouTube channel of the Granma newspaper protected by the US blockade of Cuba

The reason given, also used against the channels of the Roundtable and Cubavisión Internacional, is that the Granma newspaper violates “the export laws” of the United States

Google closed the Granma newspaper account on that world platform on August 20, which included the disappearance of its YouTube channel, Google Analytics and Google Play.

The reason given, also used against the channels of the Round Table and Cubavisión Internacional, is that the Granma newspaper violates “the export laws” of the United States. In the words of Google administrators, violating these rules means that: “(…) you may be subject to US export laws, including the arcane maze of rules about software that uses encryption (among others things), whether you are inside US territory or not. ”

“Google Inc. is an American company, and the United States government considers it an export when a person downloads software from our servers outside of that country.” According to US export laws, transfers of applications from Google Play to embargoed countries may be prohibited. Consequently, Google blocks downloads in these countries.

Coincidentally, these events occurred on the same day and for the same reason, exterminating Cuban communication channels with a great impact on foreign audiences and with content of high political and social value that often unmasked media attacks against Cuba.

The Granma Digital channel contained a wide repository of videos that included special international analysis programs such as Between Lines, to thematic productions such as the series on the new Constitution of the Republic or a more recent one on COVID-19 and its impacts on the island .

Blockades of Cuban media social networks occur frequently, especially on Twitter, where in 2019 the Granma account (already restored), the Roundtable, Cubadebate and the UJC were blocked. Recently, that of Juventud Rebelde was blocked.

While we open a new channel for Granma on YouTube and replenish the main lost content, you can access all the live broadcasts and other materials on the newspaper pages on Facebook, Twitter and Telegram, where our accounts have already been recognized with the brand. blue that informs users that they are official and reliable channels of information.

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