Russia claimed it blocked Facebook for “discrimination” against Russian state media.

Washington:

Facebook on Friday attacked Russia’s blocking of the dominant social media network, saying the move would deprive millions of people of reliable information and a forum to share their views.

Russia has claimed it blocked Facebook for “discriminating” against Russian state media, which faced restrictions on various online platforms following Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine.

“Soon, millions of ordinary Russians will find themselves cut off from reliable information … and unable to speak,” said Nick Clegg, vice president of global affairs at Meta, Facebook’s parent company.

Since Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine last week, Russian authorities have stepped up pressure on independent media, even as press freedom in the country is already rapidly declining.

The platforms became one of the fronts of the internationally condemned invasion, where both sides pushed their narratives as real-time information flowed.

“We will continue to do everything we can to restore our services so they remain available for people to speak out safely and organize for action,” Clegg added.

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