Facebook’s Parent Plans to Restrict Access to Russian State-Controlled Media

Facebook parent Meta Platforms Inc. said Monday it would restrict access to Russian state-controlled media RT and Sputnik through its services across the European Union.

“We have received requests from a number of governments and the EU to take further steps in relation to Russian state-controlled media,” Nick Clegg, Meta president of global affairs, wrote in a tweet. “Given the exceptional nature of the current situation, we will be restricting access to RT and Sputnik across the EU at this time.”

This is the latest step by the social-media company to limit Russia’s reach on its platform after the country’s invasion of Ukraine. On Friday, Meta said it would block Russian state media from running advertisements or making money from ads shown on its platform.

Russia had said earlier on Friday that it was restricting access to Facebook in the country, saying the social-media platform had moved to block four state media outlets.

Mr. Clegg said in a tweet on Friday that Russia had demanded that it stop fact-checking content by the outlets.


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