Russia partially restricts Facebook after accusing it of “censoring” its media

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As Russia’s invasion of Ukraine advances on the ground, in the digital world the information battle is waged. Social networks play a very important role in this type of scenario. They are a source of information and debate, but also of disinformation, propaganda and censorship.

On Friday, Russia’s communications and technology regulator accused Facebook of restricting the official accounts of four Russian media outlets: the RIA Novosti outlet and the internet sites Lenta.ru and Gazeta.ru. According to the agency, these actions violated the “fundamental freedoms and rights of the care of the Russian Federation.”

The measure, according to a official statementhas been partially restrict access to Facebook on Russian territory. It is mentioned that it is a joint decision between the Attorney General’s Office and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, although it is not specifically indicated when the access restriction of the main Meta network would come into force.

A digital conflict that breaks out now

The conflict, according to the Russian version, dates back a long time. Since October 2020, they say, there have been 23 cases of censorship of Russian media accounts by Facebook. They also sent requests to the parent company of the social network to remove – and explain their reasons – the restrictions “were ignored.”

for now, the company led by Mark Zuckerberg has not commented on the matter. It is unknown what kind of restrictive measures would have been taken against Russian media.

Regarding the impact that this measure can have, we must remember that although Facebook is the most used social network in the world, and heads the ranking of many countries, in Russia it does not have that leadership. The crown is from VKontakte, known as the “Russian Facebook”.

Russia has invaded Ukraine on the ground.  The digital invasion had started many days ago

VKontakte, according to Statcounter, has a 22.29% share of the social media market. Facebook, for its part, has the far from negligible second place in the ranking, with 16.67%. The video platform YouTube remains in third place, with a 14.99% presence.

As Russia’s invasion of Ukraine advances on the ground, in the digital world the information battle is waged. Social networks…

As Russia’s invasion of Ukraine advances on the ground, in the digital world the information battle is waged. Social networks…

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