Facebook Removes Russian Disinformation Posts on Ukraine Children’s Hospital Bombing

Facebook has removed official Russian posts on Wednesday for disinformation on reports of Russia bombing a children’s hospital in Ukraine, a company spokesperson said.

A survey by the Israeli watchdog, FakeReporter, showed that 18 Russian Embassy or ministries still circulated the report on at least Twitter, Facebook, and Telegram accounts.

Russian embassies in Costa Rica, Denmark, Greece, Iceland, Jamaica, Japan, Mexico, and Tunisia did not immediately respond to a request for comment about their postings on Facebook.

On March 9, at least three people, including a child, were killed in the airstrike on the maternity and children’s hospital in the Ukrainian Mariupol, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said.

Russia’s Defence Ministry has denied having bombed the hospital and accused Ukraine of staging the incident.

Moscow has cracked down on tech platforms during the invasion of Ukraine, which it calls a “special operation,” including restricting Twitter and blocking Facebook.

However, Twitter has launched a privacy-protected version of its site known as an “onion service,” which could be accessed through the dark web, bypassing such restrictions.

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