Google has halted all advertising in Russia, the company confirmed to CNN on Friday.
The company explained in a statement, “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 decision involves all Google’s ad surfaces in Russia, including Google display advertising, and YouTube and search, the company added. Reuters first reported the announcement late Thursday.
The move comes because of Russia’s crackdown on major tech platforms. Russia’s authorities have written to Google and YouTube, among other tech companies, regarding the restrictions on Russian state media.
The country also recently passed a law requiring foreign tech companies to open local offices. This is an effort from Russia to bring the companies under Russian legal jurisdiction, policy analysts say.
Twitter advertising has also been suspended in both Russia and Ukraine, while Meta, Facebook’s parent, has yet to comment on the matter.
Ads by Russian state media are no longer running on Google and Meta.