Russian Authorities Block Access to Facebook

Greg Burn


Russian Authorities Block Access to Facebook

As Russia continues military operations on the territory of Ukraine, the authorities continue their active attack on the Internet, information platforms, and social networks. Like many other services, Facebook has begun blocking pro-state Russian channels for spreading misinformation. In response to it, the authorities of the Russian Federation have started a widespread blocking of Facebook.

This move was commented on by Nick Clegg, who is the head of the company's international affairs department. He stated that the tech giant would make every effort to restore access to its platforms. Millions of Russian users have been cut off from their means of communication with relatives and have lost access to verified information published by independent media. In the current crisis, being able to read reliable news is vital.

The Russian authorities conduct a large-scale attack on domestic and foreign information platforms and restrict access to them. In particular, over the past week, Deutsche Welle, The New York Times, BBC, and Voice of America have been blocked for allegedly inaccurate representation of the actions of Russian troops on the territory of Ukraine.

Some resources remove materials that the Russian authorities question and refuse to cover military operations to retain the opportunity to cover other news. In some cases, it does not help, and some companies' sites still remain blocked. All this is being done in connection with the fact that Russia adopted a law on criminal liability for spreading disinformation (the sentence can be up to 15 years).

Please share your opinion about the current confrontation in the information space. Do you agree that the blocking of independent media has a negative impact on the flow of information in general?