Facebook has blocked access to a lot of accounts in Ukraine, a few of that are related to Russian state-backed media retailers. It’s additionally reviewing different governments’ requests to limit entry to those accounts of their nations.
We now have been involved with the Authorities of Ukraine, and at their request we’ve additionally restricted entry to a number of accounts in Ukraine, together with these belonging to some Russian state media organizations.
— Nick Clegg (@nickclegg) February 27, 2022
“We now have been involved with the Authorities of Ukraine, and at their request we’ve additionally restricted entry to a number of accounts in Ukraine, together with these belonging to some Russian state media organizations,” Nick Clegg, the vice chairman of worldwide affairs at Meta, stated in a thread on Twitter. “We’re additionally reviewing different Authorities requests to limit Russian state managed media.”
Clegg additionally acknowledged some Ukranians’ recommendations to ban Fb and Instagram from Russia totally, however stated doing so “would silence vital expression at an important time.” Russia partially banned Facebook after the platform refused to cease fact-checking and labeling Russian state-backed media retailers. The Meta-owned Fb has since established a particular operations middle to answer conditions associated to the invasion of Ukraine, and particulars the measures it is taking to deal with person security, misinformation, and state-controlled media in a post on its blog.
Clegg and Fb didn’t identify the accounts which have been restricted in Ukraine, nor did they specify which governments requested for restrictions on Russian state-backed media. The Verge reached out to Fb with a request for remark however didn’t instantly hear again.
On Saturday, Facebook blocked Russian state media from advertising and earning money on the platform. YouTube has also demonetized accounts belonging to Russian state-run media and has restricted entry to those accounts in Ukraine. The European Union has taken steps in direction of limiting the attain of Russian state-run media as nicely — European Fee President Ursula von der Leyen announced a block on networks like RT and Sputnik in the EU.