Russia’s Federal Service for Supervision of Communications, Information Technology, and Mass Media (Roskomnadzor) blocked Google News in the country for alleged false information dissemination.
Google confirmed that some people in Russia have difficulty accessing the Google News app and its website.
Roskomnadzor accused Google and Youtube earlier of disseminating false information and discrediting the Russian military.
Access to Twitter and other media organizations has also been restricted over the coverage of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
The Tver district court in Moscow said that Meta Platforms, which include Facebook and Instagram, “deliberately allowed hate speech against Russians, which created an alternative reality in which any pro-Russian position was suppressed and hatred was incited.”
According to Jessica Brandt, Policy Director of Artificial Intelligence and Emerging Technology Initiative Fellow – Foreign Policy, Center for Security, Strategy, and Technology, “Russia has been ranked low on measures of openness for some time, but its recent steps to constrain the activities of Western social media platforms and to clamp down on expressions of dissent have really taken a toll on freedom of information within Russia.”
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