- Russia is fighting back after a series of its media outlets found themselves being fact-check by social media companies
- In its recent move to control information flow in the country, Russian media regulator has blocked access to social media site, Facebook
- Facebook said it will continue to work to make sure Russians have access to credible information accurate facts as the war in Ukraine intensifies
Regulators of media in Russia said on Friday, March 4 that it will cut off access to the social media site, Facebook in the country as it seeks to intensify its unprovoked attack on Ukraine.
According to the media watch-dog, Facebook has flouted federal law by denying access to accounts of several state-controlled media organisations, a translated version of a statement said, according to CNBC.
The action marks further crackdown from Russia against Facebook.
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Russia fights back against social media sites
Last week, the state-owned agency placed partial restrictions on Facebook for flouting its laws.
According to the regulator on Friday, March 4, 2022, there are cases of bias against Russian media and information resources by Facebook.
Clegg on Twitter that Facebook will “do everything we can to restore our services” as the Russians find themselves cut off reliable information.
Russia has intensified its crackdown on both traditional and social media since its invasion of Ukraine which earned it major isolation from the international community.
Russians rush to bypass restrictions
Twitter and Google said they are committed to fighting misinformation by the Russian government-owned media outlets.
The new restriction on social media by the Russian government have led many in the country to rush to virtual private networks like Nigerians did when the Buhari government restricted access to Twitter for deleting the president’s tweet containing threats of violence.
Chinese-owned social media, Tik-Tok joina Facebook, YouTube, Google, others to ban Russia state media
Legit.ng has reported that pressure is mounting on Russia over its invasion of Ukraine as more companies are blacklisting their state-run media.
The latest in the global isolation of the pariah state is the ban by video-sharing platform, Tik-Tok which joined other global social media companies to place a ban on the country’s pro-government media.
The short-form video platform toed the line of mainstream media firms to restrict the Russian government from putting out their propaganda through social media.