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Russia’s communications regulator announced on Friday that it had blocked Facebook in response to what it said was restrictions on access to Russian media on its platform, according to Reuters.
The regulator, Roskomnadzor, said there had been 26 cases of discrimination against Russian media by Facebook since October 2020, with access restricted to state-backed channels such as Russia Today and the Ria Novosti news agency.
Meta, Facebook’s parent company, said this week that it had restricted access to RT and Sputnik across the European Union.
Facebook said Russia’s move to block it would cut off millions of people from credible information and a forum to share their views. “Soon millions of ordinary Russians will be cut off from reliable information and will be silenced from speaking out,” said Nick Clegg, vice president of global affairs at Meta, Facebook’s parent company.
Roskomnadzor, meanwhile, has restricted access to Twitter, according to the Tass news agency.
Also, according to Ria Novosti, the booking site Booking.com can no longer be used to book a room in Russia.