State communications watchdog Roskomnadzor ordered to block access to Facebook over its decision to ban Russian media and state information resources. The block comes after Facebook recently deactivated or restricted access to accounts belonging to media outlets and news agencies spreading Russian propaganda, including RIA Novosti, Sputnik, and Russia Today. The Russian Roskomnadzor said the ban discriminated against Russia-owned media violating Russian law.
Below is the comment provided by Nick Clegg, Meta’s President for Global Affairs.
On Friday, the Roskomnadzor also ordered to block the BBC, the U.S. Voice of America, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, Deutsche Welle, and Meduza.
Roskomnadzor recently also blocked access to Twitter following an order by the Prosecutor General’s Office on February 24.
“The social network Twitter has been blocked in Russian territory, Roskomnadzor (RKN) said. In line with RKN’s service for checking blocks of webpages and websites, access to the online resource twitter.com is restricted across Russia based on the Prosecutor General’s Office demand dated February 24.” reported the Interfax. “RKN has earlier reported that Facebook was fully blocked across Russia.”
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