Russian authorities are reportedly blocking access to Twitter, Facebook, and other popular social media and news sites, part of their growing crackdown on independent sources of information as the invasion of Ukraine continues.
The Russia communications agency Roskomnadzor announced the restrictions on Facebook on Friday, citing what it said were 26 instances of “discrimination against Russian media and information resources by Facebook” in recent years, as well Facebook’s fact-checking labels and other restrictions on Russian state media outlets.
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Russia citizens will also see their access to Twitter blocked, Germany’s Der Spiegel reported.
The new limits are the latest in a back-and-forth information war that has accompanied the ground war in Ukraine.
Earlier this week, Meta, Facebook’s parent company, and YouTube both blocked access to Russia state-owned media outlets Russia Today (RT) and Sputnik in the European Union.
On Tuesday, television distributor DirecTV dropped RT’s programming.
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Inside of Russia, it’s getting increasingly difficult to access independent information sources about the Ukrainian effort or voice critical opinions about the war.
On Friday, Russian lawmakers advanced a new law that would make sharing “fake news” about the country’s military punishable by up to 15 years in prison.
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