Putin orders Facebook to be blocked from Russia

Putin orders Facebook to be blocked from Russia
Putin orders Facebook to be blocked from Russia

Russia's regulatory body announced on Friday the blocking of Facebook in the country due to the war with Ukraine, accusing the social network of discriminating  against the Russian media.

 The decision has been taken to block Facebook as of Friday Roscom Nadzor announced on the Telegram application.

AFP journalists in Russia reported that Facebook no longer operates outside the VPN.

A week ago, Russia imposed  access restrictions  on Facebook in response to the social media giant's censorship of Russian media and its  violation of the rights and freedoms of Russian citizens.

 In accordance with the decision of the Prosecutor General regarding the social network Facebook, Roscom Nadzor has imposed measures to restrict access to Facebook as of February 25, without specifying the nature or scope of these restrictions, before Today it was decided to block the site completely.

The authority accused the American communication giant of restricting the official accounts of the Russian  Zvezda  channel linked to the Ministry of Defense, the public news agency  Ria Novosti  and the Russian news sites Lenta and Gazeta.

The statement added that Roscom Nadzor asked the Meta administration to lift the restrictions imposed by Facebook on the Russian media and explain why it was imposed, but the owners of the network ignored these requests. 

The authority confirmed that it had monitored 23 cases of censorship imposed by Facebook on Russian media and online content since October 2020.

The statement noted that the Prosecutor General's Office, in consultation with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, decided to consider the social network as complicit in violating human rights and fundamental freedoms, as well as the rights and freedoms of citizens of Russia. 

The decision comes at a time when Russia has caused a major geopolitical crisis by launching a massive military operation against Ukraine at dawn on Thursday.

This decision is also part of a series of measures taken in recent years by the Russian authorities against major social media outlets, often justified by protecting minors and combating extremism.

Russian authorities have repeatedly imposed fines on Facebook, YouTube, TikTok and Twitter, and have also ordered Twitter to slow down.


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