Facebook restricts access to some Russian state media in Ukraine


Facebook has blocked access to a number of accounts in Ukraine, some of which are linked to Russian state-backed media. It also assesses requests from other governments to restrict access to these accounts in their country.

“We have been in contact with the government of Ukraine and at their request we have also restricted access to several accounts in Ukraine, including those of some Russian state media organizations,” Nick Clegg, vice president of global affairs at Meta, said. in a thread on twitter† “We are also looking at other government requests to restrict Russian state-controlled media.”

Clegg also acknowledged suggestions from some Ukrainians to ban Facebook and Instagram entirely from Russia, but said this would “silence important expressions at a crucial time”. Russia partially banned Facebook after the platform refused to stop fact-checking and labeling Russian state-backed media. Facebook has since established a special operations center to respond to situations related to the invasion of Ukraine, describing the measures it is taking to address user safety, misinformation and state-controlled media in a post on its website. blog.

Clegg and Facebook have not named the accounts that have been restricted in Ukraine, nor have they specified which governments have requested restrictions on Russian state-backed media. The edge contacted Facebook with a request for comment, but didn’t hear back immediately.

On Saturday, Facebook blocked Russian state media from advertising and monetizing the platform. YouTube has also abused Russian state media accounts and restricted access to these accounts in Ukraine. The European Union has also taken steps to limit the reach of Russian state media – European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen announced a block on networks like RT and Sputnik in the EU.

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