Facebook and Instagram to restrict access to Russian state media in EU

Parent company Meta of Facebook and Instagram will make access to the Russian state media RT and Sputnik more difficult in the European Union. Former British Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, now top executive at Meta, made this known on Twitter.

The decision follows increasing pressure from the EU to do more against disinformation about the war in Ukraine. Reference is often made to Russian state media, which consistently spread President Putin’s views. These media have millions of viewers and followers on platforms such as Facebook and YouTube.

Access to that media from the EU is therefore now “limited”, Clegg said on Twitter. Several European governments and the EU have urged the tech giant to do so. He explains that the decision was taken because of “the exceptional nature of the current situation”.

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