Because of Facebook restrictions on media loyal to the Kremlin, the Russian authorities have announced a “partial restriction” on access to the platform. Russia’s state media regulator Roskomnadzor said on Friday it had called on Facebook to lift the restrictions it imposed on the state news agency Ria Novosti, the state TV channel Zvezda and the government-affiliated websites Lenta.ru and Gazeta.ru from Thursday. Facebook did not comply.
Facebook had imposed the restrictions because of the invasion of Ukraine. Among other things, the social media giant has marked media content as untrustworthy and technically restricted the search so that fewer users could find the pages, as Roskomnadzor announced.
The “partial restriction” will come into effect immediately – Roskomnadzor did not explain how this would make itself felt. The measure serves to protect Russian media. The Russian Foreign Ministry and the Attorney General’s Office have come to the conclusion that Facebook is jointly responsible for “violations of fundamental human rights and freedoms, as well as the rights and freedoms of Russian citizens”.