Meta Announced Sanctions Against Russian State Media

  • 28-02-2022 |
  • Polad Aladi

On February 25, Facebook banned Russian state media companies to use monetization on the social media platform. This restriction is Facebook’s reply to the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Facebook security policy head Nathaniel Gleicher said that the prohibition works all over the world and cuts Russian state media from all the platform's monetization channels. 

Cause and Effect

Europe is now suffering from the biggest geopolitical crisis in several decades because of the Russian assault on Ukraine. Social media platforms have become a double-edged sword in this situation. On the one hand, social media are the best tools for real-time monitoring of the dynamically developing military conflict. On the other hand, they are used for spreading disinformation and escalating aggression amongst users. Meta's Nick Clegg said that Russian authorities contacted Meta with an order to “ stop the independent fact-checking and labeling of content posted on Facebook.” Obviously, the company refused to comply with the order. Now Russian users face limited access to the platform because the Russian state government accuses it of censorship and violation of Russian citizens’ civil rights. 

To support Ukrainian citizens, Facebook provided them with access to the feature that locks profiles for higher security. The feature was developed after the Taliban invasion of Afghanistan in 2021. 

Observation

Users from Russia still can access Facebook using proxy and VPN services. The platform set up a Special Operations Center to monitor the current military conflict in Ukraine and report to the dynamically changing situation. What do you think Facebook and other social media should do to help Ukrainian citizens better during the conflict? Let’s discuss this important topic below and don’t forget to share the article with others.