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What you need to know

  • Meta is now barring Russian state media from running ads or monetizing on its platforms.
  • It will also continue to label posts from Russian state media accounts.
  • Russia began to restrict access to Meta's apps yesterday.

Meta is taking its own action against Russia in response to the country's invasion of Ukraine.

As reported by Reuters, the company is banning Russian state media from runnings advertisements or monetization of any way on its platforms like Facebook, Instagram, and Whatsapp. The banning will apply worldwide, essentially cutting off Russian state media from the media giant.

Nathaniel Gleicher, Meta's security policy head, said that they will "also continue to apply labels to additional Russian state media" over the weekend.

"We also continue to apply labels to additional Russian state media. These changes have already begun rolling out and will continue into the weekend."He added, "We are now prohibiting Russian state media from running ads or monetizing on our platform anywhere in the world."

Yesterday, Russia demanded that Meta stop fact-checking posts from Russian state media across the company's social media platforms, something that the company refused. Nick Clegg, Meta's VP of Global Affairs, said that Russia is now restricting the use of the company's service for its citizens.

Yesterday, Russian authorities ordered us to stop the independent fact-checking and labelling of content posted on Facebook by four Russian state-owned media organizations. We refused. As a result, they have announced they will be restricting the use of our services.

Russia began a full-scale invasion of Ukraine on February 24. As of the writing of this article, Ukrainian forces are continuing to hold off a Russian offensive of its capital city of Kyiv. Many countries have announced additional sanctions against Russia and pledged more aid to Ukraine.

Joe Wituschek
Joe Wituschek

Joe Wituschek is a Contributor at iMore. With over ten years in the technology industry, one of them being at Apple, Joe now covers the company for the website. In addition to covering breaking news, Joe also writes editorials and reviews for a range of products. He fell in love with Apple products when he got an iPod nano for Christmas almost twenty years ago. Despite being considered a "heavy" user, he has always preferred the consumer-focused products like the MacBook Air, iPad mini, and iPhone 13 mini. He will fight to the death to keep a mini iPhone in the lineup. In his free time, Joe enjoys video games, movies, photography, running, and basically everything outdoors.