Facebook restricts RT and Sputnik across EU

Facebook is “restricting access” to two Russian state media outlets across the European Union, a move that will prevent publishers from sharing content with millions of people in the countries. Meta’s President of Global Affairs, Nick Clegg, announced the to block of TR and Sputnikclaiming it was in response to “a number” of government requests within the EU.

“Given the exceptional nature of the current situation, we will restrict access to RT and Sputnik across the EU for the time being,” Clegg said. The change comes after the European Commission enacted its on points of sale, and after Facebook has already blocked access to ads and other monetization features. The social network also blocked the ability of publications to publish content inside Ukraine.

Clegg did not specify whether the “access restriction” simply referred to the ability of these accounts to post and share inside these countries, or whether the accounts would be completely inaccessible in the EU. We asked Facebook for more details.

The move comes as Russian state media, some of which have a huge following on social media, find their reach increasingly limited. Facebook and other platforms have taken more aggressive steps to reduce the influence of Russian-backed posts in recent days as there has been a surge. Twitter announced on Monday that it Russian state media accounts and would attempt to limit their influence on the platform. YouTube has also blocked the ability of outlets their chains.

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