Saturday, January 28, 2023

Russia has banned Facebook access to state-owned media

The Russian government alleges Facebook “restricted” the accounts of four Russian media outlets.

Facebook is violating “the rights and freedoms of Russian residents,” according to Roskomnadzor, which says it has registered 23 instances of “restriction” since October 2020.

[Facebook] implemented limits on Russian media on February 24, Roskomnadzor claimed, adding that Meta “ignored” its requests. It’s unclear if the government is also restricting access to Meta-owned WhatsApp in the country.

As a result of the government’s order to “cease fact-checking and labelling content posted on Facebook by four Russian state-owned media groups,” Meta’s president of global affairs, Nick Clegg, confirmed the company’s refusal.

“We refused,” Clegg tweeted. “As a result, they have restricted our services.”

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