Facebook Restricts Access to Russian State Media

Facebook restricts access to RT and Sputnik media across Europe.

REPUBLIKA.CO.ID, JAKARTA — Facebook’s parent company, Meta Platform Inc, will restrict access to Russian state media. Meta’s head of global affairs, Nick Clegg, said Meta restricts RT and Sputnik media access on its platforms across the European Union.

Reported from routers, Tuesday (1/3/2022), in a Twitter post, Clegg said the social media company had received requests from governments and the European Union to take steps with respect to Russian state-controlled media on its platforms. According to Clegg, Meta will continue to work closely with the government in addressing this issue.

On Sunday, the European Union said it would ban Russia’s state-owned television network RT and the Sputnik news agency. Canadian telecom operators have also stopped offering RT channels.

Russia’s state-run media activity on social media platforms has emerged as a controversial issue for big tech companies during Russia’s invasion of Ukraine which Moscow calls special operations.

In recent days, Meta, Microsoft Corp (MSFT.O), and Alphabet Inc (GOOGL.O) Google and YouTube have taken action to restrict Russian state media from making money from advertising on their platforms. In 2017, Twitter Inc (TWTR.N) banned RT and Sputnik from advertising on its website.

On Monday (28/2), Twitter said it would label and limit the visibility of tweets containing content from media outlets affiliated with the Russian government in an expansion of its policy to label state media accounts.

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