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Russia Will Restrict Access To Facebook Over Alleged ‘Censorship’

A Russian regulator said Friday that the country would partially limit access to Facebook in response to the tech giant’s alleged restricting of Russian media accounts.

Roskomnadzor, Russia’s internet and communications regulator, announced the restrictions on its Telegram channel Friday.

“On 24 February, the social network Facebook (of Meta Platforms, Inc.) restricted the official accounts of four Russian media outlets: Zvezda TV channel, RIA Novosti news agency, and Internet sites,” the regulator said, adding that such actions are “violations of the fundamental human rights and freedoms, rights and freedoms of citizens of the Russian Federation.”

The regulator said it asked Facebook to lift the restrictions but that the tech giant did not respond. Roskomnadzor also claimed it had recorded 23 instances of similar “censorship” by Facebook of Russian accounts since October 2020.

“The Prosecutor General’s Office, in coordination with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, made a decision to recognize Facebook as a social network involved in violating fundamental human rights and freedoms as well as the rights and freedoms of Russian citizens,” Roskomnadzor said.

It’s unclear exactly what form the restrictions will take; Roskomnadzor did not immediately respond to the Daily Caller News Foundation’s request for comment.

Roskomnadzor’s decision was precipitated by rising tensions between Russia and Facebook parent company Meta over moderation of political content; Russia has repeatedly threatened the company with fines for allegedly failing to remove banned content, including posts deemed politically extremist by the Russian government.

Meta did not immediately respond to the DCNF’s request for comment.

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