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Facebook Blocks Russian News Agency Post, Angers Kremlin

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Facebook has censored a post written by Russian state news agency TASS concerned alleged neo-Nazi activity in Ukraine. The Ukrainian organization ‘Stop Fake’ was behind the request. The move angered the Kremlin which has threatened to take down the popular social media application as Moscow did with LinkedIn.

Russia’s Federal Service for Supervision of Communications, Information Technology, and Mass Media (Roscomnadzor) has demanded Facebook restore access to TASS, RBC, and Vzglyad materials, reported TASS.

“Roscomnadzor has issued a letter to Facebook administration demanding access be restored to information posted on official accounts of the Russian mass media Vzglyad, RBC, and TASS,” the watchdog said on its Telegram channel.

It also stressed that Facebook’s actions “violate key principles of free dissemination of information, unimpeded access to it and can be described as an act of censorship.”

According to earlier reports, Facebook blocked a TASS post about the detention of supporters of a Ukrainian radical youth group in Russia’s Voronezh as “fake” news. The post was written on the basis of an official press statement from the Federal Security Service (FSB) and the Investigative Committee. TASS insists that it put the information correctly and plans to request Facebook explanations on the matter. The TASS news item of February 18 says that Russia’s Federal Security Service nipped the activities of supporters of a Ukrainian radical youth group involved in propaganda of the ideology of neo-Nazism and massacre.

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