Both Twitter and Facebook have been banned in Russia since the invasion of Ukraine.

Meta said it would restrict access to RT and Sputnik in the EU.

San Francisco, United States of America:

Meta, the parent of social media giants Twitter and Facebook, on Monday moved to block the presence on its platform of Russian state-affiliated news outlets accusing them of spreading misinformation about Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine. .

The tech forum has become one of the fronts in an internationally condemned attack, sometimes home to false narratives but real-time monitoring of a conflict that marked Europe’s biggest geopolitical crisis in decades. .

Meta said it would restrict access to RT and Sputnik in the European Union, which Western countries have accused of being the mouthpiece of the Kremlin and serving as a forum for arguing for war.

The social media giant’s vice president of global affairs, Nick Clegg, cited the “extraordinary nature of the current situation” in announcing the decision, but did not provide any details.

Just hours ago, Twitter said it would put a warning on tweets sharing links to Russian state-affiliated media.

Twitter’s head of site integrity, Joel Roth, wrote that the platform is seeing more than 45,000 tweets per day that are sharing links to outlets.

“Our product should make it easy to understand who is behind the content you see, and what their motivations and intentions are,” he said.

In addition to adding labels that identify the sources of the links, Roth said the platform is “taking steps to reduce the spread of this content on Twitter.”

Web monitoring group Netblox said both Twitter and Facebook have been hit with access restrictions in Russia since the invasion of Ukraine and are now “largely unhelpful”.

– ‘Kremlin talking points’ –

The European Union on Sunday announced a ban on RT and Sputnik broadcasts across the bloc, with EU chief Ursula von der Leyen saying they “no longer spread their lies to justify (President Vladimir) Putin’s war”. “

A report by Sputnik hit back at the move to restrict its access to social media, saying “the unprecedented ban is a clear attack on free speech, but you can still follow Sputnik on Telegram.”

The US State Department said in a report published in January that the outlets consider themselves to be similar to public, independent media such as the BBC, but in fact “serve primarily as conduit for the Kremlin’s talking points.”

“RT and Sputnik are not transparent, and their overall goals are fundamentally different from those of independent media … the Russian government is closely involved,” the report said.

“The outlet’s reporting and programming openly support the Kremlin’s positions and policies, and both often spread propaganda,” it added.

The outlets are Russia’s primary media directed at non-Russian speakers, with RT offering a global network of channels, websites and social media accounts that publish content in English, Spanish, French, Arabic, German and Russian, according to the State Department. does.

News of the RT and Sputnik sanctions came a day after Meta said pro-Russian groups were running misinformation campaigns on social media, using fake profiles or hacked accounts to portray Ukraine as a vulnerable pawn of Western duplicity. For.

The tech giant’s cybersecurity team – also the parent of Instagram – said it blocked a set of fake accounts linked to Russia that were part of a social media scheme to undermine Ukraine.

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