Social networks below strain from Russia

The platforms have taken steps to limit the dissemination of information from the Russian media.

In addition to cyber attacks, the conflict between Ukraine and Russia is also manifested through the dissemination of false information, especially on social networks. Aware of this danger, many platforms have taken action, incurring the wrath of Russia. Authorities in the country announced on February 25 that they are restricting access to Facebook in accordance with the funds set by that social network. “Yesterday, the Russian authorities ordered us to stop checking the facts and tagging the content posted on Facebook by four state media organizations. We refused ”On February 24, Nick Clegg, vice president of global affairs at Meta, tweeted.

The American giant has taken several measures to combat the spread of misinformation on its social network. In particular, he set “Special Operations Center composed of experts from all over the company” responsible for monitoring the platform at all times. He also banned Russian state media from displaying ads or monetizing content there.

Measures followed by consequences

In addition to these measures, Meta claimed on February 27 that he had dismantled a network of nearly 40 accounts, pages and groups on Facebook and Instagram. According to the company, it is made up of individuals located in Ukraine and Russia who use fake accounts, as well as fictitious personalities and brands to target people in Ukraine on both platforms, but also on YouTube, Twitter and Telegram.

Facebook is not the only social network to which access is restricted in Russia. This is also the case with Twitter, although the reason for these restrictions is unclear. “We are aware that Twitter is limited to certain people in Russia and we are working hard to make our service secure and accessible.”published by the social network on February 26, two days after the announcement a series of tips intended for people in Ukraine. “When using Twitter in conflict zones or high-risk areas, it’s important to know how to control your account and digital information.”, he said in a topic where he explains, among other things, how to configure two-factor authentication. On the same day, Twitter said it was temporarily suspending ads in Ukraine and Russia to ensure the visibility of public safety information.

Russian authorities also have YouTube in sight. They asked the Google platform to remove restrictions imposed on the country’s media channels and explain the reasons for their introduction. This followed a decision by the social network to prevent these channels from monetizing content there and making their videos less likely to appear in recommendations.

Future risks for digital companies

As social networks and other digital companies find themselves in the midst of a conflict between Ukraine and Russia, they could soon face a new danger. According to New York Times, Google, Apple, Meta, Twitter and other platforms recently warned Russian authorities that they have until the end of the month to comply with a law passed last year. Entering into force at the beginning of 2022, it obliges companies with more than 500,000 users a day to open representative offices in Russia so that their pages can be accessed there. They would thus be more vulnerable to the country’s legal system.

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