Sacha Baron Cohen hits out at social media platforms for not banning ‘Russian propaganda’ TV


Sacha Baron Cohen has denounced social media sites for not banning “Russian propaganda” television.

the Borat The star shared her outrage after discovering that Russian television network RT is still available to watch on some social media platforms despite the country’s continued invasion of Ukraine.

In a tweet Thursday, March 10, Cohen called out the CEOs of Facebook, Twitter, Google, and YouTube — Mark Zuckerberg, Parag Agrawal, Sundar Pichai, and Susan Wojcick, respectively — and urged them to take action.

The actor – who has long been a vocal critic of social media – wrote: ‘Putin just bombed a children’s hospital, but @Facebook, @Instagram, @Twitter and @YouTube are still streaming Russian state-run RT .

“Why are you profiting from Putin’s propaganda?! Remove Russia RT from your platforms NOW!

Russia has been widely criticized for an airstrike that destroyed a maternity hospital in the besieged city of Mariupol.

Facebook and Twitter have deleted posts from the Russian Embassy in the UK claiming the attack was faked. One of the deleted tweets cited unsubstantiated claims by Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov that the hospital was “not operational” and was being used by the Ukrainian armed forces and “radicals”.

The airstrike came during an agreed ceasefire period that was to allow civilians to evacuate the beleaguered southeastern city, where authorities say some 400,000 people are being held ‘hostage’ by forces Russians.

In another tweet, Cohen addressed corporate employees directly, writing, “You joined tech to change the world, but your CEOs spread Putin’s lies about Russian RT as he bombs pregnant women. .

“We implore you – tell Mark, @paraga, @sundarpichai, @susanwojcicki #RemoveRT #StopPutinsLies. The world will thank you!”

The Independent contacted representatives of Google, Twitter and YouTube for comment.

In a statement published at The IndependentMeta – the new brand of Facebook, which also owns Instagram – said: “State-controlled media, like other publishers, are eligible for fact-checking, and our third-party fact-checking partners can and must evaluate their content.

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The company announced last week (February 27) that following requests from the Ukrainian government, Meta had “restricted access to several accounts in Ukraine, including those belonging to certain Russian state media”.

The statement goes on to address Meta’s decision to label Russian state-controlled media content, saying, “We are providing greater transparency on state-controlled media accounts, including RT and Sputnik based in Russia, because they combine the influence of a media organization. with the strategic support of a state, and we believe that people should know if the information they are reading comes from a publication that may be under the influence of a government. Sputnik is a Russian public news agency.

Meta said they were “globally downgrading the content” of Russian state-controlled media’s Facebook pages and Instagram accounts to make them harder to find.

“We are banning ads from Russian state media and demonetizing their accounts,” the spokesperson added.

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