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Russia has blocked Meta Platforms Inc’s (FB.O) Facebook, according to the country’s communications regulator, in response to what it claims are restrictions on Russian media access on the platform.

The news: According to Roskomnadzor, Facebook has discriminated against Russian media in 26 cases since October 2020, including recent restrictions on state-backed channels like RT and the RIA news agency.

What happened: The move is a major step over the ongoing feud between big tech companies and Russia, which has issued a slew of fines and slowed services in recent years. Now the tensions have escalated as a result of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, which is dubbed as a “special operation” by Moscow.

  • There were also reports that the use of Twitter had been restricted by the Russian regulator, Roskomnadzor, on Friday evening.
  • Facebook’s president of global affairs, Nick Clegg said the company would continue to do everything it could to restore its services.
  • “Soon millions of ordinary Russian will find themselves cut off from reliable information, deprived of their everyday ways of connecting with family and friends and silenced from speaking out,” he said, in a statement posted on Twitter.
  • Meta in a blog said it was working to keep its services available to the greatest extent possible but it had stopped showing ads to users in Russia and barred Russian advertisers from running ads anywhere in the world due to the difficulties of operating in Russia at this time.
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