UK Is Asking Meta, Twitter, and TikTok To Block Russian News Sources RT And Sputnik
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February 24, Russia invaded Ukraine, and in the following days, many Ukrainians would evacuate the country, and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy would show that he is joining the fight against Russia himself.
Fast forward a few days and the UK has reached out to Meta, TikTok, and Twitter to remove Russian news channels Russia Today (RT) and Sputnik. This happened around the same time British Culture Secretary Nadine Dorries announced that the French satellite that broadcasts RT in the EU & UK will be turned off.
Dorries sent this to some social media companies:
“Given the exceptional and intolerable nature of the current situation, and in parallel to the work Ofcom is doing, I want to urge you to do everything you can to apply the approach you are taking across the EU to block access both to RT and to Sputnik’s online output (including the latter’s radio and audio services) on your U.K. services.”
Now, Russian news sources RT and Sputnik are blocked from sharing any content on YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, and TikTok. Twitter also added warning labels to content from the Russian state media