MOSCOW – The Russian government says it is partially restricting access to Facebook by restricting some accounts that transmit pro-Kremlin information, a move that could make it difficult for Russians to share their anger over the Kremlin. their country’s invasion of Ukraine.
Russia’s telecommunications regulator, Roskomnadzor, said Facebook was “engaged in violations of fundamental human rights and freedoms” because it had limited access to four Russian media accounts, including including the accounts of the state news agency RIA Novosti and television of the Ministry of Defense. channel, Zvezda. Starting Friday, Roskomnadzor’s statement continued, “measures are being taken to partially restrict access.”
Facebook did not immediately comment. It’s not clear what the partial limit on access will lead to, but it could be similar to last year’s government move to slow down access to Twitter.
Roskomnadzor did not indicate that the partial limitation would also apply to Instagram, which is also owned by Facebook’s parent company, Meta. Major American online platforms such as Facebook, Instagram, YouTube and Twitter are still accessible in Russia, allowing space for dissent that does not exist on television.
Since President Vladimir V. Putin launched his attack on Ukraine on Thursday, many Russians have taken to social media to post expressions of shame and anger. Human rights activists in Russia have expressed concern that the Kremlin will launch a new crackdown on freedoms after the invasion.
https://www.nytimes.com/2022/02/25/world/europe/russia-facebook.html Russia will restrict access to Facebook, a major platform for dissidents.