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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.
“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.”