Russia blocks social media platforms in response to actions against state media

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In context: Throughout this week, social media companies and the tech industry as a whole have taken various actions against Russian state media amid the country’s invasion of Ukraine. Russia has also reportedly started retaliating against them, as have Western media and app stores.

On Friday, the Russian authorities announcement they are blocking Facebook in response to the company’s recent actions against Russian state media. Reports indicate that Russia has already blocked several Western social media networks, app stores and news networks. It comes after restriction Russia had already started at the end of last week.

The Der Spiegel chief tweeted that Russia has blocked Facebook, Twitter, the BBC, Deutsche Welle and various app stores. According to numerous reports, Facebook and Twitter are now inaccessible in Russia, even via VPNs, but Instagram and the Google Play Store are still loading (at the time of writing).

“We are moving quickly to take further steps to reduce exposure of Russian state propaganda…” – Brad Smith, President and Vice President of Microsoft

Russian authorities are referring to Facebook actions that began over the weekend, when the social media company blocked state media RT and Sputnik in the European Union. Worldwide, Meta has also started demote content of Facebook and Instagram accounts linked to Russian state media.

Taking a similar stance, Twitter began attach warnings to tweets containing links to sites associated with Russian state media. google blocked RT and Sputnik YouTube channels in Europe.

TikTok too blocked RT and Sputnik in the EU. Microsoft removed RT news apps from the Windows App Store, began demoting RT and Sputnik search results in Bing, and banned ads from these outlets on its platforms.

“We are moving quickly to take further steps to reduce the exposure of Russian state propaganda, as well as to ensure that our own platforms do not inadvertently fund these operations,” said the president and vice president of Microsoft. , Brad Smith. noted in a blog post.

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