Crisis in Ukraine: Meta bans Russian state media from making money on Facebook | world news

Facebook on Friday limited Russian state media’s ability to make money on the social media platform as Moscow’s invasion of neighboring Ukraine hit the streets of Kiev.

“We now prohibit Russian state media from running ads or monetizing on our platform anywhere in the world,” Nathaniel Gleicher, the social media giant’s head of security policy, said on Twitter.

He added that Facebook would “continue to apply labels to other Russian state media.”

Facebook’s parent company Meta said earlier Friday that Russia would impose restrictions on its services after refusing an order from authorities to stop using fact-checkers and content warning labels on its platforms. .

Social media has become one of the fronts of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, harboring sometimes misleading information but also real-time monitoring of a rapidly developing conflict that marks Europe’s biggest geopolitical crisis. Europe for decades.

“Yesterday, Russian authorities ordered us to end independent fact-checking and labeling of content posted on Facebook by four Russian media outlets,” Meta’s Nick Clegg said in a statement. “We refused.”

His statement came hours after Russia’s media regulator said it was limiting access to Facebook, accusing the US tech giant of censorship and violating the rights of Russian citizens.

Facebook also released a feature in Ukraine on Wednesday that lets users lock down their profiles for added security, using a tool the company also rolled out after Afghanistan fell to the Taliban l ‘last year.

Gleicher said Facebook had set up a special operations center to monitor the situation in Ukraine “in response to the ongoing military conflict.”