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Facebook temporarily banned Russia Today further stirring up tensions

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posted on Jan, 20 2017 @ 08:28 AM
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Came accross these news articles today, and I'm kind of surprised it hasn't been shared here on ATS yet. Because apparently RT was blocked from posting images, videos and links on Facebook.


RT said that the ban had happened because the page live-streamed Obama's final press conference. "Such things happen because (for ex.) some other news media livestreams carry the same shots and feed, and Facebook considers this a copyright violation," it wrote on its page, where it can still post text but no images, videos or links. But the video appeared to come from the White House, which makes its video available copyright free. As such, it isn't clear who the complaint came from or when it was made.


The ban lasted for about 20 hours, and has now apparently been lifted. Nonetheless, qustions can be raised on why exactly the ban was issued, but it surely looks like another example of poking the big bear and hope it does react. The Russian government of course was not amused and did respond:


“This is a doubly unacceptable situation: it’s censorship, on the one side, and it’s censorship as an instrument of a competition,” Russian ministry of foreign affairs spokeswoman Maria Zakharova told state news agency RIA Novosti.

Alexander Zharov, the head of Russia’s state media censor Roskomnadzor, threatened retaliation to RIA Novosti.

“Many American press networks work in Russia, and have the same media rights and opportunities,” he said. “If this unprecedented pressure on RT on the part of American media and social networks leads to limits on the work of Russian networks, we will proceed with enacting active answer measures.”


Was this just an "unfortunate error" or is there more to the story?

Interested to hear your thoughts!




posted on Jan, 20 2017 @ 08:29 AM
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a reply to: snchrnct

Liberal fascism hard at work.

And afraid



posted on Jan, 20 2017 @ 08:37 AM
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Don't worry, Facebook is a disaster and unorganized once.

I got Mark Zuckerburgs account banned like a year ago after I reported a picture of his.
Facebook staff are a bunch of monkeys



posted on Jan, 20 2017 @ 09:51 AM
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RT is their target all along. They aren't threatened by Russias floating smokestack that's for sure.



posted on Jan, 20 2017 @ 10:29 AM
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a reply to: snchrnct

Twitter is no longer carrying RT either.

source



posted on Jan, 20 2017 @ 11:10 AM
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RT have behaved shamefully today. They were flat out reporting on full-blown riots in Washington, anti-Trump protestors running amok, crazy stuff.



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