Facebook’s parent company Meta announced today that it will restrict access to the Kremlin-backed RT and Sputnik news outlets in the EU.
“We have received requests from several governments and the EU to take further steps in relation to Russian state-controlled media. Due to the peculiar nature of the current situation, we will restrict access to RT and Sputnik throughout the EU at this time,” said Meta’s Vice President of Global Affairs, Nick Clegg, speak.
“We will continue to work closely with governments on this.” he added.
On Sunday, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said the EU would ban RT, formerly known as Russia Today, and Sputnik, which the West describes as propaganda tools for the Kremlin. The proposed ban comes amid an escalating information war, as Moscow ramps up its crackdown on foreign platforms and local media.
In recent days, online platforms have come under increased political pressure to crack down on Russian disinformation.
Earlier on Monday, the leaders of the Baltic states and Poland asked Google and Facebook to restrict the social media accounts and web-streaming channels of Kremlin-backed establishments. France’s Digital Affairs Minister Cédric O made a similar request to French representatives of tech companies including Facebook, Google, Microsoft and TikTok.
Twitter announced it will label and reduce the visibility of tweets associated with RT and Sputnik; Microsoft said it will remove RT apps from its app store and de-rank search results from Bing; and TikTok reported as suspended accounts of RT and Sputnik in Europe.
On Saturday, Google’s YouTube said it would “significantly limit” proposals to RT and some Russian state media channels.
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