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Russia Accuses Facebook of Blocking Some Media Posts

MOSCOW: Russia accused Facebook on Monday of violating citizens’ rights by blocking some media outlets’ content in the latest standoff between the government and a Big Tech.

Communications watchdog Roskomnadzor during the weekend threatened Facebook with a minimum 1 million rouble ($13,433) fine and demanded it restore access to content posted by TASS news agencyRBC business daily and Vzglyad newspaper.

It said Facebook blocked posts pertaining to Russia’s detention of alleged supporters of a Ukrainian far-right group.

“I think this is unacceptable. It violates our national legislation,” said Vyacheslav Volodin, speaker of the lower house of Russia’s parliament and a member of President Vladimir Putin’s United Russia ruling party.

In a statement, Volodin said Facebook had violated basic rights to disseminate and receive information, and legislation would be proposed to preserve Russia’s “digital sovereignty.”