The Russian invasion of Ukraine has dominated the news for the past few days. This isn’t supposed to be about technology, but conflict has an impact on everything. Technology, in reality, is at the heart of the problem. Because all technology is involved in the problem, and all informational is spread through technology, this is the case. Facebook and Twitter, in particular, are becoming exceedingly selective about the information they accept on their sites. Facebook has been conducting extensive fact checks on information from four key Russian official media outlets from the beginning of one invasion. To this purpose, the Russian government requested that Facebook cease its “censorship.” Facebook, on the other hand, did not pay attention.
The Russian and Ukrainian flags are painted on a concrete wall. As a result of Facebook’s stance, Russia is now restricting access to the platform. On Twitter, Meta’s head of global affairs, Nick Clegg, remarked
“Russian authorities instructed us to suspend independent fact-checking and labeling of content posted to Facebook by four Russian state-owned media groups yesterday,” the statement reads. We turned down the offer. As a result, they’ve indicated that they’ll be limiting access to our services.”
This announcement comes barely one day after the invasion of Ukraine began.
Facebook is “violating the rights and freedoms of Russian individuals,” according to Roskomnadzor, Russia’s communications regulator.
Facebook will not censor ordinary Russians
However, Facebook says that
“Regular Russians use our apps to express themselves and plan actions… “We want them to keep making their voices heard.”
While we know Russia will impose restrictions on Facebook and its parent firm Meta, the extent of those restrictions is unknown. This ban might affect all Meta apps, including WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, and Instagram.
Russian official media sources, such as RIA and Zvezda, as well as pro-Kremlin news sites Lenta.Ru and Gazeta.Ru, have imposed limitations on Facebook so far. The social media behemoth will not back down and will continue to fact-check its claims.
Ordinary Russians, on the other hand, need not be concerned; Facebook will not filter their remarks. On Facebook, there are, of course, rules. Facebook will block comments from ordinary Russians if they break these criteria.
What the world expects from Russian state media in this situation is exactly what they are doing. These sites are portraying Russian military advances in Ukraine in a favourable light. They even refer to the invasion as a “special military operation” that Moscow is compelled to carry out. The world, on the other hand, recognizes that people losing their life is never a good thing.
Meta now has a “special operations center” that monitors content related to the Russian-Ukraine conflict.