October 5, 2022
Facebook access blocked in Russia to restrict state-backed channels

Russia is blocking Facebook in its country, according to its communications regulator on Friday.

Russia said the Facebook of the meta platform was being blocked for banning state-backed channels.

In a statement posted to Twitter, Meta’s head of global affairs Nick Clegg said the company will continue to do everything it can to restore its services, which he read in part (quote):

“Soon millions of ordinary Russians will find themselves cut off from credible information, deprived of their everyday ways of connecting with family and friends, and silenced from speaking up,”

Russia has also restricted access to Twitter, the Tass news agency reported on Friday.

Russia has taken several steps in recent days to crack down on foreign news media.

It also blocked the websites of the BBC, Deutsche Welle and Voice of America because of what it said was false information about the war in Ukraine.

On Friday, the BBC said it would temporarily suspend its work in Russia after introducing a new law that could jail anyone who intentionally spreads “fake” news.

© Thomson Reuters 2022


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