Facebook blocks RT and Sputnik pages in EU

Meta, Facebook’s parent company, has blocked Russian state media TR and Sputnik across the European Union, the company announced on Monday. The change means that the TR and Sputnik the pages are not viewable in the EU on Facebook and Instagram, Meta spokesman Andy Stone said The edge.

“We have received requests from a number of governments and the EU to take additional action regarding Russian state-controlled media,” said Nick Clegg, the company’s new president of global affairs. said Monday on Twitter. “Given the exceptional nature of the current situation, we will restrict access to RT and Sputnik across the EU for the time being.”

The change is the latest Meta has made in response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. On Sunday, Clegg said the company had limited access to “several accounts” in Ukraine, “including those belonging to some Russian state media.” The action announced on Monday goes further by restricting access to two large outlets across the EU.

The company also blocked Russian state media from advertising on the platform and took down a Russian disinformation network spreading false information about the invasion. However, Russia partially blocked access to Facebook, and Clegg said on Sunday that Russia ‘strangled’ its platform. Russia also blocked access to Twitter.


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