Democrats ask tech companies to store evidence of Russian crimes

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Four Democratic members of the US House of Representatives have asked top executives of YouTube, TikTok, Twitter and Facebook to store material that could serve as evidence of Russian war crimes in Ukraine. The American media report it.

Lawmakers are asking social media companies to “flag or classify content as possible evidence of war crimes and other atrocities.” Often, war crimes images are banned from platforms and only temporarily stored in tech companies’ systems before being completely deleted.

Democrats are now calling for these kinds of images to be kept longer. In international courts, the photos and videos could potentially serve as evidence of Russian misdeeds.

YouTube, TikTok, Twitter and Facebook have yet to respond to the request. On Wednesday, a Ukrainian prosecutor general was charged with war crimes for the first time since the invasion of Ukraine. The lawsuit was announced on Facebook.

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