The Russian government has moderately blocked access to Facebook in the country after it claims the social network restricted the accounts of four Russian media outlets. In a statement on Friday Russian tech and communication regulator, Roskomnadzor said face book was violating the rights and freedoms of Russian citizens and that it had recorded 23 cases of censorship by the social network since October 2020.
On February 24, Roskomnadzor sent requests to the administration of Meta platforms to remove the restrictions forced by the social network Facebook on Russian media and explain the reason for their introduction the Russian controller said adding that Meta ignored its requests. It’s unclear what Roskomnadzor fractional restrictions against facebook mean or if the government is also somehow blocking access to Meta-owned WhatsApp in the country.
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In response to Roskomnadzor’s statement, Meta president of global affairs nick clag confirmed that the agency declined to obey the government requests to stop fact-checking and labeling of content posted on Facebook by four Russian state-owned media organizations. We refused clag said in a tweet. As a result, they have announced they will be restricting the use of our services.