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Sacha Baron Cohen is lashing out at social media platforms for failing to ban “Russian propaganda” TV

Sacha Baron Cohen has lashed out on social media sites for failing to ban TV featuring “Russian propaganda”.

the borate star has shared his outrage after discovering that Russian TV channel RT can still be seen on some social media platforms despite the country’s ongoing invasion of Ukraine.

In a tweet Thursday (March 10), Cohen called on the CEOs of Facebook, Twitter, Google and YouTube — Mark Zuckerberg, Parag Agrawal, Sundar Pichai and Susan Wojcick — and urged them to take action.

The actor – who has long been an outspoken critic of social media – wrote: “Putin just bombed a children’s hospital but @Facebook, @Instagram, @Twitter and @YouTube are still showing Russia’s state RT.

“Why are you profiting from Putin’s propaganda?! Remove Russia RT from your platforms NOW!”

Russia has been widely criticized for an airstrike that destroyed a maternity hospital in the besieged city of Mariupol.

Facebook and Twitter have removed posts from the British Embassy in Russia claiming the bombing was faked. One of the removed tweets cited unsubstantiated claims by Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov that the hospital was “not operational” and being used by Ukrainian forces and “radicals.”

The airstrike came during an agreed ceasefire period to allow civilians to evacuate the surrounded southeastern city where around 400,000 people are being held “hostage” by Russian forces, according to officials.

In another tweet, Cohen addressed the companies’ employees directly, writing, “You have joined the tech industry to change the world, but your CEOs are spreading Putin’s lies on Russia’s RT as he bombards pregnant women.

“We ask you – tell Mark, @paraga, @sundarpichai, @susanwojcicki #RemoveRT #StopPutinsLies. The world will thank you!”

The Independent has reached out to representatives from Facebook, Google, Twitter and YouTube for comment.

A spokesman for Meta, Facebook’s new rebrand, said Metro.co.uk that the platform “would restrict access to RT and Sputnik across the EU”.

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“In line with this measure, and at the request of the UK government, we will also be restricting access to RT and Sputnik in the UK at this time.” Sputnik is a Russian state news agency.

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