• Russia-Ukraine Crisis: Russia bans social media platforms Twitter, Facebook

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    The Russian media regulator announced in a statement that “In March 2022, a decision was made to prohibit access to the Facebook network (owned by Meta Platforms, Inc.) in the Russian Federation.”

      Digital Desk: The Russian media regulator has announced that it has blocked Facebook in the nation, claiming that the social media platform has discriminated against Russian media and information sources. According to reports, the BBC and Deutsche Welle’s Russian websites, Twitter, Apple and Google’s app stores were all blocked. The Russian media regulator announced in a statement that “In March 2022, a decision was made to prohibit access to the Facebook network (owned by Meta Platforms, Inc.) in the Russian Federation.” Speaking on the matter, Meta president Nick Clegg said, “The company was doing everything we can to get its services back.” “We will continue to do everything we can to restore our services so that people can express themselves and organize for action safely and securely,” Clegg said in a statement. Notably, Meta had limited access to Russian news organizations such as RT and Sputnik earlier this week. Facebook’s security policy head stated that the company is closely monitoring the situation in Ukraine and that the company would continue to share the efforts it is taking to protect users on its platform. On Monday, Twitter said that tweets relating to Russian state-affiliated news sources would be labelled, and their reach will be limited, and to ensure public safety information is elevated, it is temporarily suspending advertisements in Ukraine and Russia. Earlier this week, the US accused Russia of waging a full assault on media freedom and the truth by attempting to mislead and suppress information about the war.

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