Meta’s Facebook bans Russian state media from making money from ads on the platform

Facebook restricted Russian state media’s ability to make money on its social media platform after Moscow took to the streets of Kyiv, Ukraine.

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First reported by AFP, this was announced by Facebook’s head of security policy, Nathaniel Gleicher, on his Twitter account. Gleicher said Facebook would continue to ban Russian state media from running ads or monetizing on the platform. Additionally, they would continue to apply labels to other Russian state media.

Facebook’s parent company Meta had warned it would impose restrictions on its services after refusing an order from authorities to stop using fact-checkers and content warning labels on its platforms.

Social media platforms have replaced another battleground where there is constant content surrounding Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, and often it includes misleading information while offering real-time information on the changing landscape in one of Europe’s biggest geopolitical crises in decades.

Russia’s media regulator has gone ahead and restricted access to Facebook, accusing the social media company of censorship and violating the rights of Russian citizens.

To this, Meta’s Nick Clegg responded in a statement: “Yesterday, Russian authorities ordered us to end independent fact-checking and labeling of content posted on Facebook by four Russian public media organizations. We have refuse.”

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Facebook has also rolled out a feature, specifically for Ukrainian users, allowing them to lock their profiles for better security, which was also seen during the Afghanistan-Taliban crisis last year.

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