The US government is cracking down on a slew of popular video-streaming sites, including YouTube and the social networking site Reddit.
Google is blocking all but a handful of the sites, and blocking more than 2,000 since late May.
But some of the more popular sites, such as Instagram and Reddit, are getting a boost, as the US National Security Agency (NSA) has made its latest batch of data collection and monitoring efforts public.
According to a statement from the US Office of the Director of National Intelligence, the following video-sharers have been identified as being “likely” targets of surveillance: Facebook, YouTube, LinkedIn, Twitter, Reddit, Instagram, and Snapchat.
According a statement by Google, “these platforms were not chosen to be targets, and were selected based on their capabilities, including their use of advertising.”
The NSA has also published a list of other sites the government believes are likely targets, including Google, Microsoft, Yahoo, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
In addition, the agency is blocking sites that are known to be used to transmit terrorist content, including VKontakte, VK.com, Telegram, YouTube and other messaging apps.
A spokesperson for Google, who asked to remain anonymous, told The Verge that the company has been working with US law enforcement and the government to find and block the sites.
“We believe the sites on the list are important for our users and legitimate online communities,” the spokesperson said.
“We continue to work with the government on a plan to block these sites, as well as the vast majority of the videos we share on YouTube and Reddit.
We have made clear to the government that these are not our sites.”
Google is not the only company that has been cracking down in the US.
Microsoft has also blocked some popular YouTube channels, including RedTube, the popular video sharing app, and the popular Reddit community.
Other popular sites that were blocked include Google+, Yahoo, AOL, Apple, and Facebook.
“The US government wants to see as much of our online activity as possible blocked, and they are doing it by targeting a handful,” a Reddit user, “Drew” wrote.
“So if you’re not a subscriber to any of these services, it’s a good time to make sure you don’t have access to them.”
“I’m surprised the NSA has targeted Facebook more than Youtube, since I’ve never subscribed to either of those services,” another user, wrote.