Facebook blocks Russian state media from advertising on the platform

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Facebook is blocking state-run Russian media outlets from advertising and monetizing content on the platform amid ongoing conflict in Ukraine (via Reuters

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“We now prohibit Russian state media from running ads or monetizing our platform anywhere in the world,” said Nathaniel Gleicher, Facebook’s head of security policy. announced on Twitter† “These changes have already started rolling out and will continue into the weekend.” He also noted that Facebook will continue to add labels to “additional Russian state media,” an initiative the platform launched in 2020 for all state-controlled media outlets.

Facebook has since established a special operations center to help the network monitor and respond to the evolving conflict. It has also rolled out a “one-click tool” in Ukraine that allows users to lock their profiles so that no one but friends can view their posts, photos, and stories — Facebook launched the same feature during the Afghanistan crisis last August.

Russia has already partially blocked access to Facebook in the country, with the Russian government claiming that the platform “limited” four accounts linked to Russian media outlets. The country’s technology and communications regulator ordered the social network to stop fact-checking and labeling state media content, but Facebook refused to comply.

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“We are closely monitoring the situation in Ukraine and will continue to share the steps we are taking to protect people on our platform,” Gleicher added

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