October 3, 2022
Facebook-parent meta to block access to Russia’s RT, Sputnik in EU amid Ukraine crisis

Facebook’s parent company Meta will restrict access to its platform in the European Union to Russian state media outlets RT and Sputnik, the company’s head of global affairs said on Monday. The company has announced that it will globally demote Facebook and Instagram content from Russian state-controlled media outlets, the company said.

Nick Clegg said in a Twitter post that the social media company received requests from several governments and the European Union to take steps regarding Russian state-controlled media on its platform. Clegg said META would continue to work closely with governments on this issue. “In addition to restricting access to RT and Sputnik in the European Union, we are now globally demoting content from Facebook pages and Instagram accounts from Russian state-controlled media outlets and making them harder to find on our platforms, Nick Clegg, President, Global Affairs, META, Told in an update.

In addition to restricting access to RT and Sputnik in the European Union, we are now globally downgrading content from Facebook pages and Instagram accounts from Russian state-controlled media outlets and making them harder to find on our platforms.

We have also begun to downgrade posts on Facebook containing links to Russian state-controlled media websites. In the coming days, we will label these links and provide more information to let people know that they lead to Russian state-controlled media websites before they share or click on them. We are planning to take similar measures on Instagram.

We already label Facebook pages and Instagram accounts with Russian state-controlled media outlets to let people know where this information comes from. By providing this additional transparency, we aim to give people more context if they want to share direct links to Russian state-controlled media websites or when others see someone’s post that contains a link to one of these sites.

The European Union said on Sunday it would ban Russian state-owned television network RT and news agency Sputnik. Canadian telecom operators have also stopped offering RT channels.

Russian state-run media activity on social media platforms has emerged as a contentious issue for big tech companies during the country’s invasion of Ukraine, which Moscow calls a “special operation”.

Meta, Microsoft and Alphabet’s Google and YouTube have taken measures in recent days to prevent Russian state media from making money from ads on their platforms. Twitter banned RT and Sputnik from advertising on its site in 2017.

Twitter said on Monday that it would label and restrict the visibility of tweets containing content from Russian state-affiliated media outlets, in an extension to its policy of labeling state media accounts.

© Thomson Reuters 2022


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