Facebook forbids Russia’s state media from running advertisements and monetizing them.

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Facebook forbids Russia’s state media from running advertisements and monetizing them.

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Facebook forbids Russia’s state media from running advertisements and monetizing them.

The move comes just hours after Moscow announced it was restricting Facebook access due to a fact-checking debate and an invasion of Ukraine.

As Moscow’s invasion of neighboring Ukraine reached the streets of Kyiv, Facebook says it has limited Russian state media’s ability to collect money on the social media site.

 

“We are officially blocking Russian state media from running advertisements or monetizing on our platform anywhere in the world,” the social media giant’s security policy head, Nathaniel Gleicher, said on Twitter on Friday.

 

He went on to say that Facebook would “continue to classify additional Russian state publications.”

 

Facebook’s parent company Meta said earlier on Friday that Russia would hit its services with restrictions after it refused authorities’ order to stop using fact-checkers and content warning labels on its platforms

 

Social media networks have become one of the fronts in Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, home to sometimes misleading information but also real-time monitoring of a quickly developing conflict that marks Europe’s biggest geopolitical crisis in decades.

 

“Yesterday, Russian authorities ordered us to stop the independent fact-checking and labeling of content posted on Facebook by four Russian state-owned media organizations,” Meta’s Nick Clegg said in a statement. “We refused.”

 

His statement came hours after Russia’s media regulator said it was limiting access to Facebook, accusing the American tech giant of censorship and violating the rights of Russian citizens.

 

On Wednesday, Facebook also released a feature in Ukraine that allows people to lock their profiles for increased security, using a tool the company also deployed after Afghanistan fell to the Taliban last year.

 

Gleicher said Facebook had set up a special operations center to monitor the situation in Ukraine “in response to the unfolding military conflict”

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