Russia restricts social media access

Russia restricts social media access

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Published: 20:39 26 February 2022  

Russia restricts social media access

Russia restricts social media access

Russia has blocked Twitter and threatened to do the same with Facebook after a clash over "censorship".

Russia's communications regulator Roskomnadzor accused Facebook of violating "the rights and freedoms of Russian citizens".

Facebook said it had refused to stop fact-checking and labelling content from state-owned news organisations.

Internet connectivity watchers at NetBlocks say there is a total or near-total restriction on Twitter in Russia.

The actions follow Russia's attack on Ukraine with many videos and images of the invasion going viral on social media.

NetBlocks says Facebook and Instagram appear to be running normally but Twitter services started being disrupted on Saturday morning.

Russia has blocked Twitter and threatened to do the same with Facebook after a clash over "censorship".

Russia's communications regulator Roskomnadzor accused Facebook of violating "the rights and freedoms of Russian citizens".

Facebook said it had refused to stop fact-checking and labelling content from state-owned news organisations.

Internet connectivity watchers at NetBlocks say there is a total or near-total restriction on Twitter in Russia.

The actions follow Russia's attack on Ukraine with many videos and images of the invasion going viral on social media.

NetBlocks says Facebook and Instagram appear to be running normally but Twitter services started being disrupted on Saturday morning.

Russia has its own Facebook equivalents, VK and Odnoklassniki, but Facebook is also popular in the country - as is Meta-owned Instagram.

On Friday, US Senator Mark Warner said Facebook, YouTube and other social media services had "a clear responsibility to ensure that your products are not used to facilitate human rights abuses".

Meta has been under pressure to label misinformation - and has been working with outside fact-checkers, including Reuters.

Moscow has also increased pressure on domestic media, threatening to block reports that contain what it describes as "false information" regarding its invasion of Ukraine.

Twitter also told the BBC that its safety and integrity teams were "disrupting attempts to amplify false and misleading information and to advance the speed and scale of our enforcement".

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