Russia blocking access to Facebook, Twitter

Russia’s communications regulator has blocked Meta Platforms Inc’s Facebook in response to what it said were restrictions of access to Russian media on its platform.

It comes more than a week after Moscow invaded its neighbour Ukraine.

There had been 26 cases of discrimination against Russian media by Facebook since October 2020, with access restricted to state-backed channels like RT and the RIA news agency, Moscow said.

“Soon millions of ordinary Russian will find themselves cut off from reliable information, deprived of their everyday ways of connecting with family and friends and silenced from speaking out,” Meta’s head of global affairs Nick Clegg said, in a statement posted on Twitter.

An AFP news agency journalist in Moscow confirmed Facebook was not working but Facebook-owned Instagram was still accessible.

Meanwhile, Russia had restricted access to Twitter, another social media giant, Tass news agency reported on Friday.