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Facebook Meta owners will block access to Russia’s RT, Sputnik in the EU

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The logo of Russia Today (RT) is seen in this illustration taken February 26, 2022. REUTERS / Dado Ruvic / Illustration

February 28, 2022

By Elizabeth Culliford

(Reuters) -Meta Platforms Inc, Facebook’s parent company, will restrict access to Russian state media outlets RT and Sputnik on its platforms across the European Union, the head of issues The company’s global thread said Monday.

Nick Clegg said in a Twitter post that the social media company has received requests from several governments and the EU to take steps regarding Russian state-controlled media on the platform. their. Clegg said Meta will continue to work closely with governments on this matter.

On Sunday, the European Union said it would ban the state television network RT and Russia’s Sputnik news agency. Canadian telecom operators have also stopped providing RT channels.

The activity of Russian state media on social media platforms has emerged as a matter of contention for major tech companies during the country’s invasion of Ukraine, which Moscow calls an “activist”. special move”.

Meta, Microsoft Corp and Alphabet Inc of Google and YouTube have taken measures in recent days to restrict Russian state media from making money from advertising on their platforms. Twitter Inc banned RT and Sputnik from advertising on its site in 2017.

On Monday, Twitter said it would label and limit the visibility of tweets with content from Russian state-run media establishments, expanding its policy of labeling state media accounts. .

(Reporting by Elizabeth Culliford in New York, edited by Will Dunham and Matthew Lewis)

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