On Friday, March 4, 2022, the Federal Communications, Information Technology and Mass Media Supervision Service (Roskomnadzor) ordered a complete blocking of Facebook. As the war in Ukraine continued, the competent authority said, “misinformation about the military”. A week ago, the Russian regulator had already restricted access to Facebook in Russia.
Shortly after it was announced that Facebook was completely blocked, the Russian authority attacked Twitter. Roskomnadzor “restrict access” To the American social network at the request of the Russian Prosecutor’s Office. he is Unable to load tweets Without going through a VPN if you’re in Russia.
Russia accuses Facebook of censoring Russian media
Russia accuses Facebook of spreading false information about the war in Ukraine. The regulator also points the finger Blocking several Kremlin-funded sitesSuch as Zvezda TV channel, RIA Novosti news agency, Sputnik, Russia Today, Lenta.ru and Gazeta.ru.
The Russian regime claims to have noticed “26 cases of discrimination against Russian media and information sources” On Facebook since October 2020. To justify blocking Facebook on Russian territory, the regulator claims the service violated “fundamental human freedoms and rights and freedoms of citizens of the Russian Federation”.
According to records, Facebook and most social networks banned Russia Today (RT) and Sputnik from Europe earlier this week. The European Commission believes that the media are happy with this. to spread propaganda of Vladimir Putin’s regime.
Facebook’s parent company, Meta, is determined to impose further sanctions on Russian internet users despite the restrictions imposed by Moscow. Shortly after the lockdown was announced, the Californian group Cut all ads in Russia. Concretely, Facebook is suspending ads targeting Internet users in the country and no longer allows advertisers in Russia. “Create or post ads anywhere in the world, including Russia”.