It seems that Russia She is developing a social video-sharing platform similar to TikTok from the Chinese company ByteDance.
This information comes according to statements (Alexander Zarov)Alexander Zharov, CEO of Gazprom-Media.
Gazprom-Media, the country’s leading media company, backed by state-owned energy giant Gazprom, plans to launch a short video-sharing app within two years.
Quotes newspaper Kommersant Business Daily reports Zaroff, as saying: The holding company has bought a service called Ya Molodets.
Zarov explained that the app was developed with support from Innopraktika, an organization run by (Katerina Tikhonova), one of the alleged daughters of President (Vladimir Putin) Vladimir Putin.
Gazprom-Media is using the project’s software to accelerate the creation of a new video service for Russian bloggers.
The app supports the sharing of short vertical videos, similar to the Chinese social media platform Tik Tok.
Zarov assumed responsibility for Gazprom-Media earlier this year after he left his position as head of the Russian media watchdog (Roskomnadzor), which was behind the failure to block the messaging service Telegram.
Gazprom-Media is one of the major media organizations in Russia, and it has some of the most watched TV channels and a range of radio stations.
Zaroff announced earlier this month that Gazprom-Media is preparing to launch two similar sites to YouTube in the next two years.
According to the information, one of them is an improved version of the Rutube broadcasting service, the platform targeting Russian speakers that Gazprom-Media acquired in 2008.
“The company has been working for about a year to update it and put it on par with YouTube in terms of tools,” Zaroff said.
In recent years, YouTube has become an increasingly popular platform for Russian youth, with some of the most viewed channels gaining tens of millions of views.
It has also become a source of independent news and an alternative to the major television channels that are often under state control.
The Russian authorities have intensified their efforts to tighten control over the Russian part of the Internet under the pretext of combating extremism on the Internet.
The lower house of parliament previously approved legislation that would make it possible to block internet platforms, including YouTube, if they are found guilty of censorship and discrimination.