Roskomnadzor, the Russian communications policeman, announces the immediate blocking of Facebook in Russia. He accuses the social network of discriminating against local media.
Immediate blocking of Facebook in Russia
This blocking of Facebook by Russia comes a few days after an initial decision to limit access to the platform. This resulted in slowdowns. Today, access is completely blocked. The only way to bypass the system is to use a VPN and choose a non-Russian IP address.
Earlier on Friday, Russia’s Legislative Assembly passed a new law against spreading false information about the country’s armed forces, which carries a sentence of up to 15 years in prison. Shortly after the law was passed, the BBC announced that it was suspending its journalistic activities in the country.
All of this comes as the war continues in Ukraine following the Russian invasion. Many tech companies have already started to restrict their services in Russia. YouTube blocked Russian news channels RT and Sputnik in Europe, for example, while Facebook blocked RT and Sputnik in the European Union and stopped recommending Russian state media worldwide. Apple has also halted sales of its products in the country, as has Microsoft. For its part, Google stopped selling advertising space in Russia and limited the display of information in Google Maps.