Russia announced Friday it is blocking Facebook in the country, according to its communications regulator.
“In March 2022, a decision was made to block access to the Facebook network (owned by Meta Platforms, Inc.) in the Russian Federation,” the statement said.
Meta president Nick Clegg responded to the ban, saying the company was doing “everything we can to restore our services” but that soon Russian users would be cut off from reliable information.
The White House also responded to the move, saying it was “deeply concerned.”
“This is a pattern,” press secretary Jen Psaki told reporters Friday, referring to Russia’s effort to restrict information about the war in Ukraine by independent journalists, state-backed media, and now social media platforms.
“This is not necessarily a new approach that they have taken, but to crack down on information in their country to reach the people. So, certainly, we are deeply concerned about this and concerned about the threat to freedom of speech in the country,” Psaki said.
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