Facebook won’t let Russian advertisers create or run ads ‘everywhere in the world’

Facebook cuts ads in Russia. It suspends ads that target people in the country and no longer allows advertisers in Russia “to create or serve ads anywhere in the world, including in Russia,” the company said on Friday. The moves mark a major escalation in its actions against the country and could help prevent Russian misinformation related to its invasion of Ukraine from appearing in Facebook ads.

Earlier Friday, Russia began blocking Facebook, owned by Meta, entirely in the country, preventing many Russians from posting on social media amid the crisis. “Following the Russian government’s decision to block access to Facebook in the Russian Federation, millions of ordinary Russians will soon find themselves cut off from reliable information, deprived of their daily means of connecting with family and friends. friends and prevented from speaking out,” Facebook said on its page cataloging its response to the invasion. The blocking could also prevent Russians who protest the war from posting on the social network.

Facebook’s move on Friday night follows similar moves by Google, Twitter and Snapchat, all of which suspended ads in Russia.


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