By Simdi Gloria:-
Russia’s leading media holding, controlled by state energy giant Gazprom, will launch an app similar to the video-sharing social network TikTok, according to the group CEO on Wednesday.
According to Kommersant business daily, Gazprom-Media CEO Alexander Zharov said the holding had purchased a service called “Ya Molodets” (“I am great”).
Zharov said the app was developed with the support of the Innopraktika foundation, an organization run by Katerina Tikhonova — one of President Vladimir Putin’s alleged daughters.
Gazprom-Media will “use the project’s software to speed up the creation of a new video service for Russian bloggers,” Zharov said, adding that it will be launched within two years.
The app will support the sharing of short vertical videos, similar to the Chinese social network TikTok.
Zharov had earlier announced this year that Gazprom-Media will launch two websites similar to YouTube in the next two years.
One will be an improved version of the Rutube streaming service — a platform targeted at Russian speakers that Gazprom-Media acquired in 2008.
The lower house of parliament on Wednesday also passed legislation that would make it possible to block internet platforms, including YouTube, if they are found guilty of “censorship” and “discrimination.”
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