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Roskomnadzor will partially restrict access to Facebook in Russia

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Since February 25, Roskomnadzor has partially restricted access to Facebook in the Russian Federation due to censorship of Russian media. This is stated in the published message of the service.

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“On February 25, the Prosecutor General’s Office, in agreement with the Foreign Ministry, decided to recognize the Facebook social network as being involved in the violation of fundamental human rights and freedoms, as well as the rights and freedoms of Russian citizens,” the message says.

It is noted that in accordance with the decision of the Prosecutor General’s Office regarding Facebook, starting from February 25, 2022, Roskomnadzor is taking measures to partially restrict access, Gazeta.ru adds.

At the same time, it is not specified what kind of restrictions the service will impose.

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On February 24, Facebook censored materials from four Russian media outlets – Zvezda, RIA Novosti, Lenta.ru and Gazeta.ru.

According to Roskomnadzor, the administration of the social network marked the materials of the above-mentioned Russian media as unreliable and imposed technical restrictions on the search results of their publications in order to reduce the readership.

On the same day, Roskomnadzor announced a wave of fake publications on the Internet about a special operation carried out by Russia to protect Donbass. The department emphasized the obligation of the media and information resources to publish only official verified information.

They also reminded that the dissemination of knowingly false information provides for administrative liability under Art. 13.15 of the Code of the Russian Federation and is punishable by a fine of up to 5 million rubles.

On February 23, Roskomnadzor demanded that the American company Google remove restrictions from the channel of the head of the Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) Denis Pushilin on YouTube as soon as possible. The regulator noted that the decision to restrict access to the channel of the leader of the DPR is a violation of the key principles of the free flow of information and unhindered access to it.

Source: IZ

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