Facebook is blocking state-run Russian media outlets from monetizing advertising and content on the platform amid the ongoing conflict in Ukraine (via) Reuters,
1/ We are now preventing Russian state media from running ads or monetizing our platform anywhere in the world. We also continue to apply the label to additional Russian state media. These changes have already started and will continue through the weekend.
— Nathaniel Gleicher (@ngleicher) February 26, 2022
“We are now preventing Russian state media from running ads or monetizing our platform anywhere in the world,” said Nathaniel Gleicher, Facebook’s head of security policy. announced on twitter, “These changes have already started and will continue over the weekend.” He also said that Facebook would continue to add labels for “Additional Russian State Media”, an initiative that rolled out to all state-controlled media outlets in 2020.
Facebook has since set up a special operations center To help the network monitor and respond to developing conflicts. It also launched a “one-click tool” in Ukraine that lets users lock their profiles but blocks friends from viewing their posts, photos and stories – a feature Facebook introduced last August during the crisis in Afghanistan. The same feature was launched.
Russia has already partially blocked access to Facebook in the country, with the Russian government claiming the platform “banned” four accounts linked to Russian media outlets. The country’s technology and communications regulator ordered the social network to stop fact-checking and labeling content from state-owned media, but Facebook refused to comply.
“We are closely monitoring the situation in Ukraine and will continue to share the steps we are taking to protect the people on our platform,” Gleacher added,