Russia completely blocked Facebook and part of Twitter after the social networks restricted content from Russian state media.
Roskomnadzor – The Federal Service for Supervision of Communications, Information Technology and Mass Media said on March 4 that Facebook was blocked for “discriminating” against Russian state media.
Specifically, Roskomnadzor accused Facebook of restricting Russian state channels 26 times since October 2020, including Russia Today (RT), Sputnik, and RIA Novosti news agency recently.
Last week, Russia also restricted Facebook, saying it violated “the rights and freedoms of Russian citizens”.
Meanwhile, according to Interfax, Twitter has been inaccessible in Russia since March 4.
However, Tass news agency corrects Twitter is only partially limited and still activates at a slow speed.
Nick Clegg (President, Global Affairs of Meta – the company that owns Facebook) said that Facebook will do everything to restore services in Russia.
“Soon, millions of Russians will find themselves cut off from reliable sources of information, lost connections with family and friends, and silenced,” Clegg wrote on Twitter.
According to Statista, Facebook has 66 million users in Russia. On average, each European user brought the social network $ 19.68 last year.
As a result, Forbes estimates that Mark Zuckerberg’s company could lose $3.6 million a day, or $1.3 billion a year if it can’t continue to operate in Russia.
Apple, Samsung stop selling products
On March 1, Apple announced: “We have decided to stop all iPhone imports into retail systems in Russia. Apple Pay and other services have been restricted”.
“RT News and Sputnik News apps are no longer available for download from App Store outside Russia”.
On March 5, Samsung became the latest technology company to stop selling products in Russia, including smartphones, processor chips, and consumer electronics.
“Due to the current geopolitical developments, shipments to Russia have been delayed. We will continue to monitor the situation to determine the next steps,” the Samsung representative said.
Microsoft and Google
On March 4, Microsoft also announced to stop selling products and services here.
According to Microsoft President Brad Smith, this action is in compliance with US government sanctions.
Previously, RT app was removed from the Microsoft Store and Microsoft banned ads for Russian state-owned channels.
On the same day, Google said it had suspended all advertising services on Google Search, Google Image, and YouTube in Russia.