On Friday, Russia attempted to shut down the world’s largest social networking site by blocking access within its borders, sparking a reprimand from the Biden administration.
“A decision was taken in March 2022 to prohibit access to the Facebook network (owned by Meta Platforms, Inc.) in the country’s Federation,” Roskomnadzor, the country’s communications regulator, said in a statement.
The government stated that it made the move after Facebook restricted access to state-run media outlets such as RT and Sputnik. Facebook has been accused by officials of more than two dozen examples of “discrimination” against the region’s media.
Roskomnadzor stated that its attempt to block Russian users from accessing Facebook was made to “avoid breaches of the main principles of free flow of information and unrestricted access to the region’s users to media on foreign Internet platforms.”
In response, Meta president of global relations Nick Clegg stated that the firm is doing “all we can” to restore services, but that “millions of regular Russians” will soon be “shut off from accurate information.”
During Friday’s press conference, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki responded to the effort to crack down on Facebook.
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